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  • 05 March 2024

Breaking Boundaries

Referee Sunny Singh Gill is set to etch his name in Premier League history this Saturday as he becomes the first British South Asian referee in the top flight. Gill's groundbreaking moment comes as he takes charge of the match between Luton Town and Crystal Palace, marking a significant milestone in the realm of British football officiating.

This achievement is not new to Gill, who had previously made history by becoming the first British South Asian to officiate in the English Football League (EFL) last year. Hailing from a family with a rich tradition of football officiating, Gill follows in the footsteps of his father, Jarnail Gill, who served as a professional referee from 2004 to 2010.

Gill's journey to this historic moment has been paved with dedication and perseverance. Starting his refereeing career at the age of 17, Gill balanced his passion for football officiating with his job as a prison officer. Over the years, he honed his skills on and off the pitch, culminating in his remarkable ascent to the Premier League.

Notably, Gill's brother, Bhupinder, also made his mark in football officiating as the first Sikh-Punjabi linesman in the Premier League, further solidifying the family's legacy in the sport.

Reflecting on his journey, Gill expressed gratitude for the support he received from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and his coaches. With unwavering determination, he set his sights on breaking new ground and achieving his dream of officiating in the Premier League.

As Gill prepares to step onto the pitch for the historic encounter between Luton Town and Crystal Palace, his story serves as an inspiration to aspiring referees from diverse backgrounds, showcasing that barriers can be overcome through hard work, perseverance, and a love for the beautiful game.

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