This season’s Premier League will feature four new referees after Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) announced that Jarred Gillett, Michael Salisbury, Tony Harrington and John Brooks have been all been promoted to Select Group 1. All four were in charge of matches in the Sky Bet Championship last season, taking charge of Brentford matches. They will now, like The Bees, be in the Premier League in 2021/22.
The four new referees will join the group of referees who officiate in the Premier League, increasing the total number of Select Group 1 referees to 22. In addition to those with the whistle, the Premier League will have a new face on the touchline as Wade Smith joins Select Group 1 as an assistant referee. There are 22 Select Group 1 referees and 28 assistant referees. The full news story can be seen here.
"We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Jarred, Michael, Tony, John and Wade into Select Group 1 for the 2021/22 season," PGMOL Managing Director Mike Riley said. "Their promotions are testament to their dedication and commitment on and off the pitch and the quality of their performances in Select Group 2. We very much look forward to supporting them with their continued development going forward and we are sure that they will all make a positive contribution on and off the pitch to the Select Group next season."