On Wednesday, Bhupinder Singh Gill will become the first Sikh-Punjabi to serve as an assistant referee in a Premier League game. When he runs the line for the encounter between Southampton and Nottingham Forest.
The 37-year-old will continue the legacy of his father, Jarnail Singh. Who officiated more than 150 matches between 2004 and 2010. He was the first turbaned official in the English Football League. Also Read: Further delay in Cristiano Ronaldo debut for Al-Nassr
Family of Referees
Bhupinder Singh Gill comes from a line of referees. In addition to his regular duties in the EFL Championship, his father, Jarnail, participated in a Premier League game as a fourth official. The proud father was present when his son wrote history.
Sunny Singh Gill, Bhupinder’s brother, became the first British South Asian referee since his father Jarnail this year when he joined the EFL as a referee. Also Read: Luka Modric rejects Big Offers from MLS and Saudi Arabia to stay at Real Madrid
Bhupinder Singh Gill Statement
“This has to be the proudest and most thrilling moment in my refereeing journey so far. But I’m not getting carried away. As it is, simply another step in the path to where I want to get to,” Gill said in a statement to the media, according to India Today. He continued by saying that his family is proud of him and looking forward to his future adventures.
Gill expressed his gratitude to his father, noting that without him, he “wouldn’t be in this circumstance.” He went on to say that his father had been there for him along the way and had served as an example for me. He said, “He’s taken time off work so he can go to the game with my wife and son.
When asked about his aspirations, Gill said he hopes that his selection will encourage the following generation to enrol in a refereeing school and develop a passion for officiating. “My ambition has always been to become the best in the business, set the bar high for aspiring officials, and inspire more people from other backgrounds to become officials, especially those who share my South Asian heritage,” he added.
Moment of Pride for His Father
In response to a question regarding his son’s accomplishment, Jarnail stated to Sky Sports that “having Bhupinder officiate in the Premier League is absolutely significant for the Sikh community and other South Asians who dream of a future in the game.”
“You can imagine that as a father, I am really happy to see Bhupinder play in the Premier League. Every father wants to see their kids thrive, outperform them, and do more, whether it be in the areas of family life, academics, or sports.” Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo Club Records and Stats
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