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British South Asian referees Bhups and Sunny Singh Gill to make Championship history

Sikh brothers Bhups and Sunny Singh Gill are set to make English Football League (EFL) history when they become the first pair of British South Asians to officiate in the same Championship match this weekend.

Bhups and Sunny, who are sons of the first turbaned Sikh to referee in the EFL, Jarmail Singh, will be a part of the officiating team for the game between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.

The match will be taking place on Saturday April 10, 2021, ahead of the spring harvest festival of Vaisakhi next week, which is widely celebrated and Sikhism's most important festival.

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), who are responsible for appointing match officials in the EFL, confirmed that Bhups would be one of the two assistant referees and Sunny will be the fourth official.

Bhupinder, is a PE teacher when he's not refereeing, which he first started in his mid-teens and has become England's highest ranked South Asian assistant referee, whilst Sunny, a prison officer at HMP Feltham, is the most senior British South Asian referee in the country.

Although both brothers have officiated in the Championship already this season, they are yet to have worked on the same game.

Elsewhere in the EFL, more history was made over the weekend after Rebecca Welch became the first female referee assigned to an EFL match when she took charge of the League Two fixture between Harrogate Town and Port Vale.

Author: Jake Wilkin

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