Australian referee becomes Premier League’s first overseas official

Australian Jarred Gillett will be the first overseas referee to judge a Premier League showdown when Watford take on Newcastle United on Saturday.

The 34-year-old has previously worked in the Australian A-League and has spent much of his time in England refereeing matches in the lower leagues.

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During his time in Australia, Gillett took charge of five A-League grand finals and was also named referee of the competition five times this year.

Gillett has also been VAR for previous Premier League matches as well as a fourth referee, but will write history when he leads the teams at Vicarage Road this weekend.

The Australian was involved in the championship match between Peterborough United and Birmingham City on Saturday, where a player complained to him about racist abuse from supporters.

Gillett was also involved in a controversial decision as VAR during Brighton’s win over Burnley in the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.

The Australian assessed that Burnley’s James Tarkowski did not fail striker Neal Maupay in the build-up to the first goal and was criticized by Brighton after the match.

Gillett, who also has experience as a FIFA international official, was promoted to the top Select Group in June, who was allowed to referee in the Premier League.


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