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British Sikh Referees Bhupinder and Sunny Gill on the Verge of Making English Football League History

Mudeet Arora
British Sikh referees Bhupinder and Sunny Gill to make English football league history
British Sikh referees Bhupinder and Sunny Gill to make English football league history / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Two British Sikh brothers Bhupinder and Sunny Gill will make English Football League (EFL) history this upcoming weekend when they become the first pair of British South Asians to officiate in the same game.

The UK born brothers are sons of Jarnail Singh, the first Sikh English Football League referee, who moved to Britain from Moga, Punjab.

Britain's highest ranked South-Asian assistant referee Bhupinder, 36, is a PE teacher from Iver, will be the assistant referee and his brother, Sunny, 37, the senior most British South Asian referee, who referees the Vanarama National League, will be the fourth official as Bristol City take on Nottingham Forest in the Championship at Aston Gate on Saturday.

Speaking about the same, Bhupinder told Times of India, "I do not think there are any other Sikh referees in English football right now. There are others from South Asian origin but definitely not Sikh. I want to represent the Sikh community and be a role model and encourage younger people from Sikh and any diverse background to get into refereeing."

He added, "Everyone wants to be a professional footballer but it is very difficult to make it at the highest level but now refereeing can be seen as a career and you can still be involved at the highest level. I get a buzz from knowing I am getting decisions correct and being part of the game. As a kid, I dreamt of wanting to be on a football pitch in front of thousands of people and I am experiencing that."