Singh Gill to become first British South Asian referee in PL

Sunny Singh Gill is set to become the first British South Asian to referee a Premier League match when he takes charge of Saturday's fixture between Crystal Palace and Luton Town.

Singh Gill hails from a family with a proud refereeing heritage. His father Jarnail, who officiated 150 matches between 2004 and 2010, remains the first and only English league football referee to wear a turban.

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When Singh Gill took charge of a League 2 game between Northampton and and Hartlepool last season, he became the first British South Asian to referee a league game since his dad more than a decade prior.

In January last year, his younger brother Bhupinder became the first Sikh-Punjabi to serve as assistant referee in a Premier League game, when he ran the line in a game between Southampton and Nottingham Forest.

The brothers made history in April 2021, when they became the first British South Asian pair to officiate in the same Championship game.

Sunny will be the seventh referee outside of PGMOL's (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) Select Group to take charge of a Premier League match this season, following Sam Allison, Sam Barrott, Bobby Madley, Josh Smith, Rebecca Welch and Lewis Smith.

Welch became the first woman to referee a Premier League game when she took charge of Fulham vs. Burnley in December last year.