Meet Bhupinder Singh Gill, First Sikh-Punjabi Referee To Officiate In English Premier League


The English Premier League is set to mark a historic day as Sikh-Punjabi referee, Bhupinder Singh Gill, becomes the first referee in the history of the league to officiate a game. Bhupinder will be seen in the role of assistant referee in the match between Southampton and Nottingham Forest on Wednesday. Bhupinder’s brother Sunny Singh Gill made history by refereeing an EFL game earlier this season as his father had done it more than a decade ago. On Wednesday, it will be Bhupinder’s turn to leave his mark in the history books of English football by taking charge of a game as an assistant referee.

chat with Mirror, UKBhupinder said: “This has to be the proudest and most exciting moment of my refereeing journey so far, but I’m not going to walk away as it’s another step in the direction I want to go.”

“My family is also really proud and excited for me. I wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for my father, who has supported me throughout my journey and been my role model,” he added.

Referencing runs in the Gill family. Bhupinder’s father, Jarnail Singh, officiated over 150 matches in the Football League between 2004 and 2010. Jarnail was part of the refereeing crew that also included Howard Webb.

Commenting on Bhupinder’s recruitment for the game, Howard Webb said: Sky Sports: “First and foremost, I am delighted that Bhupinder has been given this appointment in the Premier League – for him as an individual and in recognition of the talented and dedicated official he has worked through the various levels.”

“He comes from a family with a lot of referee pedigree.

“His father Jarnail was a legendary referee in our eyes, he was a great referee and a great friend. He was the first referee in the professional game to wear a turban, so he stood out and it puts pressure on you as a referee. He obviously pulled it off exceptionally well and He was a great role model for the people who followed, including his sons Bhupinder and Sunny.

“Bhupinder’s appointment to the Premier League and will show more viewers what is possible for people from different backgrounds in the world’s best league.”

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