Sunday, 11 January 2009
Jarnail Singh, born 5 February 1962, is an English association football referee of Indian descent who officiates in the Football League. He is the first Sikh referee in professional football. He moved to Wolverhampton, West Midlands, at a young age, and now lives in Hounslow, Greater London with his wife and two children. Aswell as being a referee he has a full-time occupation in the Metropolitan Police in London. Singh took up refereeing in 1985, after taking his exam in order to improve his frequent outings as club linesman for the Asian youth team he managed. He progressed through lower leagues in the Wolverhampton area and then into the Conference South regionally, before being appointed as a Football League assistant referee in 1999. Whilst still a Conference referee, he was put in charge of an FA Vase semi-final first leg tie, between Oadby Town and Brigg Town on 22 March 2003, and shortly before his elevation to Football League referee for the 2004-05 season, he was appointed to the middle for the Football Conference Playoff semi-final first leg between Aldershot Town and Hereford United on April 29, 2004. Jarnail Singh has recently become a FA Ambassador, which entails promoting and encouraging minority groups and individuals into football and raising awareness of the FA’s race equality work.