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Australian official Jarred Gillett becomes first overseas Premier League referee

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Jarred Gillett becomes first ever foreign referee to play a Premier League match as Australian is named top official for Watford v Newcastle

  • Jarred Gillett has been appointed as referee for Watford v Newcastle on Saturday
  • The Australian becomes the Premier League’s first foreign referee
  • Gillett, an international FIFA official, moved from the A-League to the EFL in 2019
  • In addition to referees, Gillett has researched cerebral palsy











Jarred Gillett will make Premier League history next Saturday as the first foreign referee to be in charge of a top English game.

The Australian has been working in the EFL since 2019 and was chosen on Saturday to referee Watford v Newcastle, the biggest game of his career to date.

Sports post revealed in May that Gillett was one of five candidates for promotion from the EFL to the Premier League this season.

Australian Jarred Gillett will become the first foreign Premier League referee on Saturday

Gillett speaks with Bournemouth's Asmir Begovic during a Championship play-off semi-final match

Gillett speaks with Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic during a Championship play-off semi-final match

Gillett, an international FIFA official, moved from the Australian top to the lower divisions of England in 2019, combining his refereeing duties with his studies at John Moores University in Liverpool, where he appointed as a postdoctoral researcher in cerebral palsy.

Gillett has worked as a VAR official on Premier League games this season and has been criticized for the opening weekend of the campaign in Brighton’s 2-1 win over Burnley.

Brighton had appealed for a foul on Neal Maupay when Burnley’s James Tarkowski headed his side forward, but referee David Coote allowed the goal and Gillett told him not to go and watch the game on the monitor after he covered the actions of the incident. watched in the match. VAR room.

Gillett chose not to rule out James Tarkowski's controversial goal against Brighton as VAR official

Gillett chose not to rule out James Tarkowski’s controversial goal against Brighton as VAR official

Maupay said after the game ‘it’s 100 per cent a foul’, while Brighton boss Graham Potter added: ‘It seemed like a push and you can clearly see it is. If the umpire doesn’t give them, they don’t give them. But the concern is that they let go of a lot.’

However, the incident has not damaged Gillett’s standing among competition officials, and he will get a good taste of the top flight from the field on Saturday rather than from the video room.

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