Australian Gillett to be Premier League's first overseas ref

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Championship Play-Off Semi Final Second Leg - Brentford v AFC Bournemouth - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - May 22, 2021 AFC Bournemouth's Asmir Begovic remonstrates with referee Jarred Gillett Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs/File photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Australian Jarred Gillett will become the first overseas official to referee a Premier League match when he takes charge of Watford's home game against Newcastle United on Saturday, the League said.

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

The 34-year-old, who moved to England in 2019 as a post-doctoral researcher at Liverpool's John Moore's University, has carried out VAR duties in the top flight already this season.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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