Jarnail Singh says he was more nervous than on his own EFL debut as he watched his son, Sunny, referee Northampton vs Hartlepool on a crucial day to start.
Former Trailblazing tournament referee Sikh-Punjabi Singh beamed with pride after witnessing from the stands at Sixfields Stadium as his eldest son, Sunny Singh Gill, followed in his footsteps by taking charge of the EFL match his first.
Until Saturday, Jarnail was the last English South Asian to referee an EFL match after presiding over the League Two clash between Yeovil and Oldham in 2010.
Jarnail told Sky Sports News: “I’m probably more nervous than when I made my EFL debut, but I’m also a very proud dad today.
“Enjoy the game and put everything in [was my advice before the game to Sunny].
“But I’m a really proud dad. Overall, I think he’s done well. He’s done what he’s supposed to do with due care and things like that. There could have been some issues. Technically, we’ll chat about the way home – that’s if he wants to talk about it.”
Jarnail added: “There’s a lot of pressure these days [on referees in general]. There are cameras in every match, you are observed in every match. It’s a multi-million pound industry and the pressure is huge. “
Sunny’s EFL debut falls on South Asian Heritage Month and comes a little over a week later fellow Sikh-Punjabi Roop Kaur Bath has been given his first-team debut by West Ham Women’s coach Paul Konchesky in a pre-season friendly against Hashtag United, aged 16 years and 11 days.
Jarnail said the timing of the event had brought some “positives” and also demonstrated that the South Asian Brit could compete at higher levels of the Beautiful Game – and succeed.
Sunny had plenty of friends and family at the game to cheer him on at Sixfields, with one notable omission – his younger brother Bhupinder, himself an assistant referee and at work. for a match in the Sky Bet Championship.
Jarnail added: “I think the future is very bright, especially in terms of refereeing and the sponsorship and development opportunities that are currently on offer. It’s a passion for the boys. They followed. arbitration and 10.13, many years later both are operating at a decent level.”
Webb: Bhups and Sunny were excellent
Former Premier League match official Howard Webb, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final, says Sky Sports News Last year Sunny and Bhups had all the attributes needed to reach the pinnacle of their profession.
“I’m really excited to see the progress Sunny and Bhups have made in the game. I’ve been keeping an eye on them for quite some time,” Webb said.
“I went back to their dad for quite some time, we worked together in the Football League. And Jarnail Singh, besides being a really, very good referee, is also a great guy. He is always a pleasure to work with.
“Surname [Bhups and Sunny] sports, they know how to manage people, all of these skills you need to be successful. If you don’t have them, you won’t survive the pro game. These people have done more than survive, they have excelled and I think they will continue to do so.
“They’ve both been through the rough patches of local football and then progressed through different levels and maybe at some point they wanted to pack up because it wasn’t an easy day. office, but they persevered through those tough times.
“I know their dad would be very proud. They’ve made good progress and are still on the way up. There’s still a lot to achieve. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it every step of the way.”
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