FOOTBALL fans have called for referees to wear microphones in the Premier League following footage of Jarred Gillett officiating in the A-League.
The 32-year-old could be clearly heard explaining every key decision of the match during Melbourne Victory's 2-1 victory against Brisbane Roar.
BT SPORT2 Australian broadcasters have shown what a football match would look like with VAR and the ref mic switched on
Getty Images – Getty2 Australian referee Jarred Gillett allowed his conversations on the pitch with the players to be heard
It was the Australian's final match before he leaves for England where he will be the Football League's first foreign referee.
Gillett – who will be officiating in the Championship next season – will join Liverpool John Moores University as a research scientist, specialising in children with cerebral palsy, in April.
And in his last A-League fixture, the five-time Aussie ref of the year allowed his conversations with the players, his on-field assistants and the VAR staff to be heard.
Speaking of the clip, one supporter said: "I wish @premierleague refs and @EFL refs were this good. No arrogance and just calmly explaining decisions. Brilliant."
While another said: "Excellent. Hard to see any downside to this."
One commented: "Absolutely need this in the Prem. will help everyone have an understanding of the referee’s approach and also would be incredibly entertaining!"
Another added: "Way of the future. This is outstanding and that lad is a top notch ref. He’s control of the game, awareness and chat with the play is class."
While one quipped: "Just imagine Mike Dean with a microphone. He plays up enough to the crowd already!!!"
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Gillett has experience of refereeing in foreign countries, having officiated in Japan, China, India and Saudi Arabia.
Speaking of the Fifa official, former Prem ref Mike Riley said: "Jarred is hugely experienced and demonstrates a number of key attributes that we expect from our referees.
"He has strong and highly effective player management skills, a strong understanding of the game, and is well respected by the players and coaches in Australia."