The Barford Tigers vice president is banned until December 2021 after a series of complaints
Telegraph Sport is pleased to announce that a member of England Hockey’s newly installed External Diversity Panel has been banned from all activities for 14 months for derogatory and racist behavior.
Dr. Sukhdev Gill, vice president of Birmingham-based Barford Tigers, was banned until December 2021 after a series of complaints during the umpire. Dr. Gill was part of the England Hockey Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group since July.
The sanctions follow one of the worst determinations made against a UK hockey club after Barford Tigers was not expelled from the English hockey league last month after a twelve-month suspension suspended for two years following sexism and harassment offenses.
A 17-page report by Telegraph Sport, during a two-day hearing in September, revealed a number of disreputable complaints filed separately by the Midlands, Yardley and City of Birmingham sites. A month earlier, Barford Tigers, calling itself one of the most diverse clubs in Britain, had published an open letter, which was co-signed by eight other clubs, accusing England of hockey of “endemic racism” within the sport.
A discredited complaints panel, independent of England Hockey, heard from 17 witnesses, including coaches, players, spectators and club chairs. In one of several allegations against Dr. Gill noted to EH that he openly criticized his fellow Yardley referee during a game last season in which he used “highly derogatory terms like“ dog ”or“ idiot ”in Punjabi.
Dr. Gill asked his colleague, Yardley’s Alex Makepeace, to also pick up a red card while not challenging a Barford player who had “his big stomach in Mr. Makepeace”. An email from a chairman Yardley sent to Barford regarding spectators at the November 2019 game revealed, “On many occasions Punjabi has been told that they break their legs, hit him in the head and hit him with your hockey . ” pretty intimidating. “
In another women’s match in March 2019, Dr. Gill is described as “confrontational, inconsiderate, offensive, threatening, and sexist”.
In its unanimous findings, the panel pointed out that Gill’s lengthy suspension was due to “serious and repeated violations”. Both Dr. Gill and Barford, who “firmly denied” most of the allegations, have appealed the decisions.
Barford was encouraged to work with England Hockey to achieve the club’s goal of “making it a sporting and community model of excellence both on and off the field”.
In the summer, England Hockey received an open letter accusing it of “bias” against BAME players. The dispute, published a month before the hearing, was described as a “clever marketing tool” by a source familiar with Barford.
In July, England Hockey established an external advisory group of over 30 volunteers to tackle diversity and inclusion in the sport.
England Hockey informed Telegraph Sport that Dr. Gill agreed to present his views and attended a meeting in August.
“At this point the independent Disrepute Complaint Panel had not yet made a decision against him, so it would have been detrimental to expel him – or an individual – from the first meeting,” it said in a statement.