Born in Australia, Jarred Gillett made his mark in English football by becoming the first foreign referee to referee a Premier League match earlier this season.
Gillett had previously refereed games in all three divisions of the Football League but made history when he whistled at Vicarage Road, refereeing Watford against Newcastle this quarter.
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O IT ALL BEGAN
Gillett got involved in the A-League Men, the elite-level men’s league in Australia and New Zealand, where he refereed five Grand Finals of the Hyundai A-League between 2012 and 2018.
The 34-year-old has been named Hyundai A-League Referee of the Year five times before and when he won the award in 2016/17 it made him the most successful referee in history. the A-League.
Before coming to England, Gillett also officiated in the J-League (first division of the Japan Professional Football League), Indian Super League, Chinese Super League and Saudi Professional League – this man has traveled the world.
Gillett became a topic of debate in March 2019, when the Aussie wore a microphone for his last A-League game, allowing viewers to listen to everything he said.
Gillett has spoken to viewers about his decisions during the Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar game.
He was overheard offering assurances and instructions to the players and he berated Tobias Mikkelsen saying, “If it’s not your free kick, then get away from the ball.
It has garnered a lot of praise!
EXPERT IN VAR?
Before Gillett was promoted to the Premier League referee pool, he was a VAR official.
He was among the first referees trained in VAR technology in 2017, with the A-League being the first high-flying division to embrace the innovations and was considered an expert in the field.
However, the Aussie was under fire when he found himself the target of an angry Scott Parker who rated VAR use as poor.
In the Fulham clash against Tottenham in March earlier this year, a VAR review ruled out what would have been a crucial goal in the Cottagers’ 1-0 defeat.
Gilet was in the VAR booth and reigned over a handball against Mario Lemina in preparation for Josh Maja’s strike.
But Gillett was at the center of a contentious Premier League appeal on Sunday morning as Brighton came back from behind to beat Burnley 2-1.
James Tarkowski led a corner for the Clarets, but Brighton was convinced Neal Maupay had suffered a foul during the preparation. It clearly looked like a big push on the Frenchman.
Gillett moved to the UK to continue his research at John Moores University in Liverpool, after earning a doctorate in biomechanics.
He continued his research on children with cerebral palsy while working his way up the ranks of referees.
ON THE FAST TRACK
Just weeks after arriving in England, Gillett was drafted as the fourth official in a Liverpool Legends exhibition match at Anfield.
Impressing the board, he became an EFL referee, taking charge of a Ligue 2 clash between Morecambe and Cheltenham just three weeks after serving at Anfield.
At the end of that campaign, Gillett was chosen to referee Blackburn against Swansea in the league, leading the Australian to lead 64 EFL matches by the end of the 2020-21 season – the rest is history!
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