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EPL news 2021, Australian referee, Jarred Gillett, Watford vs Newcastle United, first overseas official, latest news

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Australian Jarred Gillett will make Premier League history this weekend as he becomes the first official to referee in the league from overseas.

The 34-year-old has experience in the Premier League as a Video Assistant Referee and has officiated in League One, League Two and the Championship over the last two seasons – including the second leg of the 20/21 Championship play-off semi-final.

Gillett was promoted to the Select Group 1 of referees by the Professional Game Management Officials Limited (PGMOL) ahead of the current season and will make his debut as a Premier League referee after being selected to take charge of the Watford vs Newcastle match at midnight on Saturday (AEST).

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Gillett moved to England in 2019 to become a referee in the EFL after spending nine years in the A-League and combined his refereeing duties with his studies at Liverpool’s John Moores university, where he was appointed as a post-doctoral researcher in cerebral palsy.

He did received some criticism for a VAR decision made during the opening game of the season as Brighton beat Burnley 2-1.

Brighton had appealed for a foul on Neal Maupay when James Tarkowski headed Burnley ahead and it was allowed to stand by the on-field referee, with Gillett not telling him to go and check for a foul on the pitch-side monitor.

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.”

However, it clearly didn’t harm his standing as he prepared to take the whistle for the first time.

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