Video from Gillett's 'RefCam' at Palace v Man Utd released

10 May 2024
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For the first time, fans can watch a match from the ref's point of view ahead of a one-off programme later in the year

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Footage from the “RefCam” worn by Jarred Gillett during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace v Manchester United on Monday 6 May has been released, giving fans their first-ever chance to watch a Premier League fixture from the point of view of a referee. 

The footage, which has audio, includes the pre-match protocols, from walking out of the tunnel, to the referee's pre-match handshakes with players as well as the coin toss with the two captains Joachim Andersen and Casemiro.

Also there is footage from the first half of the match, when a Palace claim for a penalty is rejected by Gillett. You can hear Gillett explain his decision and hear from his VAR, who confirms the on-field decision not to award a spot-kick. 

The camera was approved by The IFAB, the Premier League, PGMOL and both clubs.

It was worn as part of a one-off programme being produced by Premier League Productions (PLP) for broadcasting later in the year as a means of educating the public about the demands of officiating in the Premier League, with the aim of enhancing respect for match officials and, hopefully, encouraging more people to become referees.

The technology comprised a head-mounted device which was integrated into the usual referee communications system.

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