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Sunny Singh Gill to become first British Sikh to referee Premier League match

Sunny Singh Gill will become the first British Sikh to referee a Premier League match this weekend.

Gill, aged 39, has been appointed to take charge of Crystal Palace vs Luton on Saturday, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has announced.

His father Jarnail remains the first and only English league football referee to wear a turban, officiating 150 matches between 2004 and 2010.

Meanwhile, his brother Bhupinder became the first Sikh-Punjabi to serve as a Premier League assistant referee when he ran the line in the match between Southampton and Nottingham Forest in January 2023.

Sunny told the EFL: “Football has always run in the family. Me and my brother grew up loving the game and like most young kids, we just wanted to play.

“But in our household it was a bit different because when we were going to primary school, we knew our dad was going out to referee on a weekend.

“There were times he was a fourth official in the Premier League and our friends would say they saw him on ‘Match of the Day’!”