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  1. By Mandeep Sanghera BBC Sport https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53347268 When Jarnail Singh was a professional referee he would take his teenage sons - Sunny and Bhupinder - to run the line for him at summer charity tournaments for Asian teams. Singh became the first Asian referee in the EFL when he took charge of a League Two match in August 2004 - going on to referee more than 150 games in Leagues One, Two and the Championship before retiring in 2010. Singh has previously said he was "representing a wider community" by being "the first Sikh with a turban and a beard" officiating at that level. And at the same time he was helping his boys to follow in his footsteps. However, having started refereeing as teenagers, the brothers soon gave it up because of the verbal abuse they suffered. "I didn't like the intimidation from the Sunday league teams at the time," says Sunny Gill. "I was only 17. If I'm honest, a few times I wanted to start a fight, and that's the truth. It wasn't worth it." Bhupinder Gill, or Bhups, was 16 and taking charge of under-11 and 12 games. But he got fed up of the grief he would get from parents. However, in their mid-twenties and with more life experience and man-management skills, they were drawn back to refereeing. Prison officer Sunny, 36, is now the highest-ranked Asian referee with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) - the body responsible for refereeing appointments in English leagues. He officiates at National League Premier level, while 35-year-old PE teacher Bhups is an assistant referee in the EFL. But they are a rarity - PGMOL match officials from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background. The pair are now determined to reach the Premier League and help pave the way for more much-needed diversity among officials at the professional level. "I've said it so many times before that if my dad wasn't a referee I wouldn't have thought twice about becoming an official," says Bhups. "So how are other people from the same background supposed to even think about wanting to become an official?" Sunny adds: "If we can get out there and be approachable for young referees from a BAME background who want to speak to us and be mentored or even given the right pathway to follow, it is only a good thing. We can direct them the right way." The Football Association says that, as of November 2019, nearly 2,000 (9.4%) of registered referees in England were from BAME backgrounds and that, while the figure "surpasses the target set", it will "continue to focus on further increasing diversity across football". Jarnail is 58 and retired in 2010. He is now a referee assessor in the EFL and keen to work with the FA to increase the number of BAME people working in the sport. "There is a lack of representation at the top, and that includes the Football Association, where we do need a greater number of BAME individuals being asked about their opinion and involved in working for them," he says. "Sometimes talking doesn't achieve anything. It's actually taking action. The ball is in the court of the hierarchy to see how they can improve the situation." 'I just turned around and gave some verbals back' Singh received a lifetime achievement award at the FA's first Asian Football Awards in 2012 The refereeing family, who are all Sikh, say racist abuse has actually been rare. "I personally came across only one occasion when that kind of language was used," says Jarnail. "A remark was made about the colour of my skin and where I came from. "I couldn't pinpoint which one of two players it was, so I just pulled two players over and said 'has one of you got the courage to repeat what you have just said?'" Bhups adds: "I think I have only received it once as well. That was from a fan when I was running the line. "It was the first time I'd ever received abuse and I didn't know what to do, so I just turned around and gave some verbals back, which I shouldn't have. "Now, running the line on Football League games, depending on the stadiums that you go to, you're literally yards away from fans and you can hear the abuse, but you have just got to learn to ignore it." Sunny believes his job as a prison officer has helped him as he has made his way up the refereeing ladder. "The decisions you make in a prison, you've got prisoners facing up to you, challenging you," he says. "But, because I can deal with the prison environment, it makes it easier for me to go and then manage 22 players on a football pitch." 'He needs to lose some more weight and get fitter' While Sunny and Bhups have designated coaches to guide them in their careers, their father does not hold back on advice about what they need to do to make it to the Premier League. "I've told Sunny already what he needs to do for next year - lose some more weight and get fitter," says Jarnail. "In my opinion, he can manage anybody with the work that he's done and his life experiences. But he has to build on his movement, positioning and fitness because that to me is the key." Sunny adds: "I remember a picture of when I did my first National League game with Bhups - you should see the picture and how heavy I was. "Compare it to now and you can see how far we've come." So can the sons go one step further than their father and reach the Premier League? "My next promotion will be Football League referee," says Sunny. "And then you also become a fourth official in the Premier League. "To me, I'm one step away from my goal which I set when I first started refereeing. I know what I need to do to get to that next step. I've got a few things I need to fix and I'm sure I'll do it."
  2. Half of the threads /posts in this site in recent months seems to be anti-Islamic/Islamophobia I understand history shows us it's extremely important to be wary , but should we not be focusing on ourselves, and positive messages related to our kaum instead ?
  3. i mean, is it considered to be displeasing to Guru/'wrong' to use a kangha which is broken?
  4. I agree an office type unlikely to do this. BUT, as an ‘office type’ /‘professional’ my self I need a clean criminal record. A lot of people would lose their jobs if they were done for assault being your own boss it’s okay, not as much impact on your career etc
  5. First I’ve heard that gays and lesbians do not like each other. Why would they? agree that trans athletes are ruining women’s sports though
  6. This halloumilife needs to mind her own business and not stick her nose into into it. I feel sorry for the parents here. The girl will regret her choice sooner or later.
  7. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s black or Bangladeshi or someone other than the usual
  8. Take your point, but this was taking it too far. Beating him up badly would have been better
  9. Leicester in extended enforced Lockdown due to high numbers of COVID Can see conspiracy by 'them' (Govt) to take away peoples' liberties more and more
  10. https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/diaspora/inspiring-73-year-old-grandfather-known-as-skipping-sikh-wins-uk-award-104893 Tribune Web Desk Chandigarh, June 26 Rajinder Singh popularly known as ‘Skipping Sikh’. A 73-year-old Sikh grandfather, popularly known as ‘Skipping Sikh’, who shot to limelight for his exercise videos during the lockdown that attract thousands of viewers and helped raise funds for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, was on Friday awarded the ‘Point of Light’ award Rajinder Singh, aged 73, from Harlington, films exercise videos in his allotment, bringing together over 250,000 viewers on YouTube, helping the Sikh community remain active and fundraising over £12,000 for NHS charities, the UK’s Points of Light website wrote. With the UK in lockdown, this was his way of encouraging people to squeeze in some physical activity in their daily lives. Missing his daily exercise, food and prayer with others from the Sikh community during lockdown, Rajinder decided to share videos online of his skipping fitness routines and inspire others to keep active with him, particularly those isolating at home. His tutorials have since become a worldwide phenomenon, and he is encouraging people across the globe to join in his lockdown skip challenge and donate to NHS charities. In a personal letter to Rajinder, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:“I wanted to write personally to thank you for all that you are doing to support our extraordinary NHS, and encouraging the nation to pick up their skipping ropes and keep their spirits high by taking on your lockdown skip challengeour ‘Skipping Sikh’ fitness videos have given a lift to the thousands of people worldwide who have watched online and taken part with you in your daily exercise, and provided an ingenious way of bringing together and energising the Sikh community at a time when temples have been closed. “So allow me to join in sharing your message that health is wealth, and congratulate you on becoming the UK’s 1410th Point of Light!” Rajinder said: “Waheguru ji ka khalsa, waheguru ji ki fateh. I am truly humbled for being awarded the Points of Light award. I love to serve others – it’s part of who I am as a Sikh and I love to do sewa (give back). I never thought something like skipping would inspire the world and spread smiles. I’m really grateful for the support and being given this recognition. Thank you to our PM Boris Johnson, God bless you and everyone, I thank everyone for the support and love, and I encourage all to join in the skipping challenge and tag me in @SikhSkipping. “Health is wealth so to everyone my message is stay active and stay happy.”
  11. https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/sikh-pilgrims-among-19-feared-killed-in-bus-train-accident-in-pakistan-s-sheikupura/story-f5Cq6RBrV0NuGL7Nn7cO8M.html 20 people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, feared dead as train rams bus in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura WORLD Updated: Jul 03, 2020 18:35 IST Imtiaz Ahmad | Edited by Arpan Rai Hindustan Times, Islamabad The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. (ANI / Twitter) Twenty people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, are feared dead in an accident between a bus and a train near Sheikhupura on Friday afternoon. The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. The pilgrims were travelling from Peshawar. Police have said there were 25-27 persons in the van at the time of the accident. Pakistan railways official said railway and district rescue teams arrived at the spot to rescue the victims. The injured were rushed to Sheikhupura Hospital and some are reported to be in critical condition. The crossing gate where the accident took place was closed but the coach driver may have tried to take a shortcut instead of waiting at the crossing, which resulted in the crash, a local police official said. According to the secretary-general of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Sardar Amir Singh, the deceased belong to three or four families. The pilgrims were on their way back to Peshawar after a visit to Nankana Sahib — where they had gone to visit relatives. The convoy of pilgrims comprised two more coaches but both took another route and have been reported to be safe. Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said that the sikh pilgrim were returning from Nankana Sahib. He also said that the injured will be provided with proper medical care. “Deeply saddened at the accident this afternoon at a railway crossing near Sheikhupura which resulted in the death of atleast 20 people, mainly Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib. Have directed that proper medical care be provided to the injured,” Khan tweeted. Officials said the Sikh pilgrims were from the northwestern city of Peshawar, reported news agency Associated Press.
  12. You believe that really? So you let them mock our people to save lives?
  13. Cultural Sikhs take note - this is the image of Sikhs you have created
  14. Sorry to post here again today, but please see all the new threads which have little context and is bumping down active threads
  15. Old story from 2018 I found Interesting, ‘freshies’ seem to have a lot of Anakh http://www.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/indian-origin-gang-hacked-man-to-death-for-cheating-in-uk-court-1867832%3Famp%3D1%26akamai-rum%3Doff Indian-Origin Gang Hacked Man To Death For Cheating In UK: Court At the end of a nine-week trial in the Old Bailey court in London this week, Amandeep Sandhu, 30, and Ravinder Singh-Shergil, 31, were convicted of murder London: Four Indian-origin gang members have been found guilty of hacking a 28-year-old Sikh man to death two years ago as revenge for an extramarital affair with one of their wives in London. Gurinder Singh cried out for help as the masked gang chopped off his fingers with knives and swords and went on to attack him with a wooden club and a hammer in Southall, west London, in July 2016. At the end of a nine-week trial in the Old Bailey court in London this week, Amandeep Sandhu, 30, and Ravinder Singh-Shergil, 31, were convicted of murder. Vishal Soba, 30, was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter and assisting an offender. Kuldeep Dhillon, 27, was also cleared of murder by the jury but convicted of manslaughter and intimidation. Judge Christopher Moss remanded the killers in custody until sentencing on June 22. Gurinder Singh, also called Sukhjinder Singh, suffered 48 separate injuries to his head and body, and two of his fingers were recovered from the scene of the attack the following day, the Daily Mirror reported. Two of the killers covered their faces with turbans and another wore a balaclava as they hacked at their rival. Dhillon and the victim lived together between 2008 and 2012, but they fell out when Dhillon discovered Gurinder Singh had been sleeping with his wife. The gang followed the victim as he left his Southall home late on July 30, 2016 in his car and was set upon by the gang. "It was brutal, it was sustained and vicious. There can be no doubt that those who were responsible for wielding the weapons intended to kill," prosecutor Alan Kent told the jury during the murder trial. Palwinder Multani, 36, who drove the killers to the scene, admitted manslaughter and became the key witness for the prosecution. He said he saw Gurinder Singh lying on the floor with two men "chopping him with swords", one stabbing him with a knife, with the other beating him with a "wooden bar", the newspaper reported. The victim made it to his feet and limped off but another car, driven by Dhillon, swerved into him and knocked him back down. He was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on multiple stab wounds, but he died the following day. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/four-killers-chopped-cheating-husbands-12701948.amp Four killers chopped a cheating husband's fingers off as they hacked him to death with knives and swords. Gurinder Singh, 28, cried out for help as the masked gang also attacked him with a wooden club and a hammer in Southall, west London. Mr Singh, also called Sukhjinder Singh, suffered 48 separate injuries to his head and body, and two of his fingers were recovered from the scene of the attack the following day. Mr Singh, also called Sukhjinder Singh, suffered 48 separate injuries to his head and body, and two of his fingers were recovered from the scene of the attack the following day. Two of the killers covered their faces with turbans and another wore a balaclava as they hacked at their rival. Mr Singh had slept with one of his attackers' wives in a long running feud, the Old Bailey heard. The gang of four are now facing years behind bars.
  16. This meant to be in the joke thread..?
  17. Only slightly. Football is king, can be played in all weather conditions, is a simple game and much more 'trendy' Cricket is even behind rugby in popularity in the upper-middle class typess
  18. A lot of cricketers complete degrees whilst early in career or only start their cricket career professionally after they have played for their Uni cricket team, e.g Monty Panesar. Ravi Bopara is an example of a more working class cricketer who didn’t go to uni
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