In his final game as an A-League referee, Jarred Gillet wore a mic to afford fans a window into what it’s like to officiate a typical league game.
Gillett, who is due to move to the Championship next season, took charge of Saturday’s game between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, which the former won 2-1.
The audio from both him and his assistants was recorded, demonstrating just how hectic the chatter can get mid-match, especially when split-second decisions are required…
This is fascinating…
A-League ref Jarred Gillett had a live microphone for the entirety of his final game before leaving for the Championship 🎤
• 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
Fairly interesting, though we don’t think the on-field chat would have been quite so respectful had the players not known Gillett was wearing a wire. Not a single swarmed official in sight.
Still, we’d love to see the same thing attempted again in the modern-day Premier League, with Mike Dean the clear and obvious candidate of choice.