August 8, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Singapore City: Sukhbir Singh a 33 years old Sikh referee has called for unity within the football community after suffreing series of online racial abuse following a football match.
It was during the International Champions Cup (ICC) match here on Saturday that he was officiating in which he mistakenly made some controversial decisions, the match was between Inter Milan and Chelsea in which former won with 2-1.
Following this match some netizens took to Twitter to criticise Singh’s decisions and commented on his ethnicity.
“I wouldn’t say I’m affected by it because I haven’t read the tweets, but that doesn’t mean I condone racism. It’s (racism in football) something that definitely needs to be looked into. There should not be any bias towards anyone’s race,” Sukhbir Singh was quoted saying by The Strait Times.
Sukhbir Singh has called for unity within the football community and said everyone should be allowed to believe in what they believe in freely and participate in what they want to participate in, especially when it comes to sports. Sport is supposed to unite people and not divide us, he further adds.
The anti-discrimination bureau ‘Kick It Out’ is investigating the incident, a move praised by Sukhbir Singh, notes The Tribune (TT).
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