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HISTORY: Gillett to be first Premier League referee from overseas

HISTORY: Gillett to be first Premier League referee from overseas

PA - John Walton

 

Jarred Gillett will this weekend become the first referee from outside the British Isles to take charge of a Premier League match.

The Australian is to officiate Watford’s top-flight match against Newcastle at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Gillett was promoted to the Select Group 1 of referees by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) ahead of the start of the current season.

The 34-year-old moved to England in the 2019-20 season to referee in the EFL after officiating in the A-League in his home country.

In his last game in his native country between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, Gillett and all other officials wore a microphone to help explain on field decisions and communication with the VAR control room.

Gillett was promoted to the Select Group 1 of referees by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) ahead of the start of the current season.

During this season, he has had experience as a VAR match official during a Premier League fixture but is yet to referee a game.

Republic of Ireland-born Dermot Gallagher officiated in the Premier League for a number of years.

Gallagher moved to England aged 16 and was registered to the Oxfordshire FA having competed his qualifications and therefore did not qualify as an overseas match official.


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