Sunny Singh Gill to become first south Asian to referee league game since his dad

Referee Sunny Gill

Referee Sunny Singh Gill will become the first south Asian to officiate a football league game since his dad Jarnail more than a decade ago.

Sunny Singh Gill will take charge of Northampton Town vs Hartlepool on Saturday.

Sunny’s father, Jarnail Singh was the first turbaned referee in the history of English league football and took charge of more than 150 games. Jarnail retired from league officiating in 2011 and now advises the Football Association.

Sunny told Sky Sports, he has his sights set on the Premier League following the announcement that he would emulate his father after earning promotion to the EFL National Group of match referees.

“To follow in my father’s footsteps and become the next South Asian, and Sikh-Punjabi, to be promoted as an EFL referee is a proud moment,” he told Sky Sports News.