The so-called video assistant referee who was in charge behind the scenes on Sunday has been revealed and it appears as though his lack of experience might have contributed to the remarkably wrong call he made late in the game.
Arsenal have already encountered a couple of cases of pure injustuce from the Video Assistant Referee so far this season but things got much worse on Sunday afternoon at the Emirates stadium.
The Gunners had struggled to find a winning goal after Crystal Palace somehow fought their way back into the game by the help of a controversial penalty kick decision from the VAR.
And as if that strange call over the spot kick was not enough, Arsenal’s third goal of the game – which was scored by Sokratis – was somehow ruled out by the VAR.
It was a moment which surprised virtually all fans of football and the referee who made that weird decision has been revealed as Jarred Gillett, an inexperienced match official from Australia.
Jarred Gillett was VAR official today. Never reffed a PL game. Has reffed 9 Football League games (and 2 Carabao Cup). That decision was a farce, as is the lack of explanation as to why the referee was overruled. Surely we have to hear the conversation like in cricket/rugby?
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) October 27, 2019
Jarred Gillett was the VAR official for Arsenal's clash with Palace. A 32-year-old Australian, Gillett has never taken charge of a Premier League game, with his refereeing experience in England limited to nine Football League fixtures. pic.twitter.com/XTA0aeFREg
— Ogidan Seun Emmanuel (@OgidanSeunE) October 28, 2019