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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. India Twitter celebrates Kuldeep Yadav hat-trick 22 September 2017 From the sectionIndia Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Image copyrightREUTERS Image captionYadav dismissed lower order batsmen Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in successive deliveries Indian cricketer Kuldeep Yadav's hat-trick against Australia has delighted social media users. He is the third Indian to take a hat trick in one-day international history. Yadav dismissed lower order batsmen Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in successive deliveries to the delight of a packed stadium in Kolkata's (Calcutta) Eden Gardens. India went on to win the game by 50 runs, but the result was eclipsed by Yadav's achievement. Elated viewers took to Twitter to pay tribute to the young cricketer, who is also the first Indian spin bowler to get a hat-trick. Leading the accolades were other Indian cricketers like Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41357138
  3. Sikhs are suppose to be warrior people To be good warrior soldiers you have to be good athletes an fighters
  4. I have something that has been puzzling me for the last couple of days. Sikhs/Punjabi's and other peoples of subcontinental origins have lived in the UK for over half a century and yet there is this niggling question as to why there are so few Asian sportsmen. Most Asians are football fans in the UK and yet we see so few that make it professionally. There are a few reasons we usually here such as parents want their children to follow education or the ugly head of racism. The other reason is that Asians generally are not strong enough, physical enough or athletic enough to keep up with the other races. Now I can see that maybe overall, the Subcontinent is probably generally smaller and less physical but there is an anomaly to this the Sikh or Punjabi's in general. We are physically larger and stronger than the vast majority in India but the question is are we as strong and physical as the European man. Now this is what we are told by UK Football Establishment. But what we have seen with Satnam Singh and Sim Bhullar in the NBA tells us this is complete hogwash. If Punjabi's in the UK are not good enough to play against average sized white men and black men in professional football, how is it that two Punjabi's albeit one from Canada and one of India have made to the NBA where they have to play with and against the most athletically, physically developed people in the African American male. Your thoughts please.
  5. Dear sangat Has anyone had any difficulty attending a sporting event like a football match or a cricket match or any other sporting event as an amritdhari? Has anyone been refused entry because of their kirpan and which places are the worst? Thank you
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