Jarred Gillett set to become first ever overseas referee to take a Premier League game as Australian is named top official for Watford v Newcastle
- Jarred Gillett has been named referee for Watford v Newcastle on Saturday
- The Australian will become the Premier League’s first overseas referee
- Gillett, a FIFA international official, moved to the EFL from the A-League in 2019
- As well as refereeing, Gillett has been conducting research into cerebral palsy
Jarred Gillett will make Premier League history next Saturday as the first overseas referee to take charge of an English top-flight match.
The Australian has been working in the EFL since 2019 and has been chosen as the referee for Watford v Newcastle on Saturday, the biggest game of his career so far.
Sportsmail revealed in May that Gillett was among five candidates for promotion from the EFL to the Premier League this season.
Australian Jarred Gillett will become the first overseas Premier League referee on Saturday
Gillett speaks to Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic during a Championship playoff semi-final clash
Gillett, who is a FIFA international official, moved from Australia’s top-flight to England’s lower leagues in 2019, combining his refereeing duties with his studies at Liverpool John Moores university, where he was appointed as a post-doctoral researcher in cerebral palsy.
Gillett has been working on Premier League games this season as a VAR official and received some criticism on the opening weekend of the campaign in Brighton’s 2-1 win at Burnley.
Brighton had appealed for a foul on Neal Maupay when Burnley’s James Tarkowski headed his side in front but referee David Coote allowed the goal to stand and Gillett did not tell him to go and check the play on the monitor after reviewing plays of the incident in the VAR room.
Gillett chose not to rule out James Tarkowski’s controversial goal v Brighton as a VAR official
Maupay said after the game ‘it’s 100 percent a foul’ while Brighton boss Graham Potter added : ‘It looked a push and you can see clearly that it is. If the referee doesn’t give them, they don’t give them. But the concern is they’re letting a lot go.’
The incident has not harmed Gillett’s standing among the league’s officials, however, and he will get a proper taste of the top-flight on Saturday from the pitch rather than the video room.