A-League Referee Wears Live Microphone For Entire Match, Lets Fans Listen In On VAR Decision
An Australian referee officiated his final A-League match in an interesting way after wearing a live microphone throughout the entire clash.
Jarred Gillett, who will soon be applying his trade in the Championship, was in charge for Melbourne Victory against Brisbane Roar, which was his 159th match in the league.
BT Sport has released highlights from the match, which provides some interesting insight into important moments where Gillett had to take action.
In fact, there was one instance where the 32-year-old referee was speaking with Kris Griffiths-Jones, who was manning the VAR for the match.
While Gillett was convinced that he has made the right call and Jones agrees with him, the Australian referee asks if he wants him to "come and have a look to sell it?"
Check it out below.
This is fascinating...
A-League ref Jarred Gillett had a live microphone for the entirety of his final game before leaving for the Championship :microphone:
• Every decision explained
• Every chat with a player heard
Would you like to see something like this in the Premier League? pic.twitter.com/1edNBwLHy8
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 19 March 2019
Interestingly, most football fans would be open to the idea of seeing this rolled out in the Premier League.
"I personally like this. Very few players arguing or surrounding the ref as 'he's in charge,' not them..." one Twitter user wrote.
Another said: "What a revolutionary idea! How on earth do they thing [sic] of these things?!"
A third wrote: "If they can do it in the A-League [...], they should be able to do it here! Hope it happens!"
A fourth added: "I know it's only for his last game, etc., but really like the idea of this. Ends a lot of speculation."
Melbourne Victory defeated Brisbane Roar 2-1 in the match.
Its used in rugby and makes sure the refs are well more respected as well as making sure all decisions are understood by fans which eases tension with refs. Its a low cost in comparison to the positive effects it brings. No brainier.
- Callum (@Comrade_Callum) 19 March 2019
Showing the world football the way forward this is the way 2 go :punch::boom:
- Rab Keir (@RabKeir) 19 March 2019
This is terrific. We already know it works in rugby, now no reason it can't be rolled out across football.
- Colin Fawkes (@colinfawkes) 19 March 2019
Would you want to see this adopted in the Premier League?
Let us know in the comments.
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