Is Son Heung-min exempt from South Korea military service?

first_imgMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Why has he gone to do military service now?SPURS revealed that the forward is heading back to South Korea due to ‘personal reasons’.He had already gone into a voluntary two week self-isolation after returning from his homeland back in February in a bid to halt the worldwide spread of coronavirus.But as revealed by SunSport, Son is actually heading to Korea to do his military service.With the football season on hold, Son has decided to head home to do four week’s national service during the outbreak – despite being exempt.4When might he return?FOOTBALL right down through the English pyramid is currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, with the Premier League not expected to return until May at the very earliest.With South Koreans expected to serve 21 months, it has not yet been confirmed how long Son will be spending away from North London.He is currently recovering from a fractured arm but provided a positive update earlier this week.The Tottenham star said: “It’s already more than four weeks after surgery now and I’m doing very, very well and working hard to be ready to come back.” SON HEUNG-MIN has emerged as one of the Premier League’s brightest young stars.The South Korean forward was an integral part of the Spurs side which reached the Champions League final last season – and is a huge sporting icon back home.4 Son has scored fifteen or more goals for Spurs in the last four seasonsCredit: EPABut under Korean law, all South Korean men have to complete at least 21 months of national service before they are 28 years old.Is Son Heung-min exempt from South Korea military service?THERE are some ways in which a Korean footballer can become exempt from having to fulfil their military obligations. Gold medallists or those achieving incredible sporting achievements can see athletes avoid their stint.For example the 2002 World Cup squad, which included future Man Utd midfielder Park Ji-sung, were awarded exemptions after reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.4 Son’s gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games gave him an exemption from military serviceCredit: Getty – ContributorSon, who is currently 27 years old, captained his country at the 2018 Asian Games as he and his team-mates went for the gold medal.The South Korean was in incredible form throughout the competition, assisting both extra-time goals in the final against Japan to secure the title.That meant that Son – along with the 19 other players in the squad – were all exempt from mandatory military service.4 The Tottenham striker was one of three over-23 players allowed in the squadCredit: ReutersBack in 2014, South Korea beat their neighbours North Korea to take gold in the same competition.But Son was not included in the squad as then club Bayer Leverkusen had exercised their right to refuse his release.Conscription in South Korea has been in force since 1957 and is mandatory for all men aged between 18 and 28.The length of service varies depending on personal circumstance, while all entrants are required to undergo a physical exam to see if they are fit to serve.last_img read more

Sebi steps up Laffaire Mallya probe; to seek overseas help

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) In mounting troubles for embattled Vijay Mallya, markets regulator Sebi has stepped up its probe into alleged fund diversion from his erstwhile listed group firms to other entities, including some abroad and his various sport ventures. With the latest disclosures taking total suspected fund diversion at United Spirits alone to over Rs 2,500 crore, Sebi is also referring to the matter for further action by other agencies including SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) under the Corporate Affairs Ministry, a top official said.”We have taken note of the latest disclosure by USL and have begun looking into suspected violation of various securities market regulations including those relating to related party transactions, corporate governance and diversion of funds by promoters and top management,” he said.”Also under the scanner are Mallyas close confidantes and others who were at senior levels at various listed companies of the group, as also some former auditors at certain group firms,” the official said.Action is already underway for violation of listing agreement by some group companies, he added.The matter of fund diversion would also need to be looked into by SFIO, while ED would also come into the picture as the funds are suspected to have been diverted to entities abroad, the official said, adding that necessary assistance would be sought from foreign regulators including in the UK and the US, where his overseas brewery firms and other ventures are based.Mallya and his group firms are already facing a probe by Enforcement Directorate for alleged diversion of loans taken by long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines.advertisementSebi has also received complaints about the alleged use of overseas instruments in violation of norms for movement of funds and the matter is being separately looked into.In a statement, Mallya denied any wrongdoing as alleged by USL, in which he had sold the controlling stake to UK-based liquor giant Diageo in 2013 in a multi-billion dollar deal, and said all the transactions were legal and above board.Serving a fresh blow to Mallya, USL yesterday disclosed fund diversion and improper transactions worth Rs 1,225.3 crore involving entities linked to the former Chairman, including Kingfisher Airlines and his Formula One team.The company also made it clear that the earlier settlement reached with the Indian businessman would not absolve him of the claims arising out of the latest findings of an internal Additional Inquiry.Mallya, who has been in UK for months evading an arrest warrant in India while several banks have declared him wilful defaulter for non-payment of dues worth over Rs 9,000 crore by his now-defunct Kingfisher, had struck a settlement with USL in February. Under the sweetheart deal, he was promised an over Rs 500-crore payout to leave the company and was also absolved of any personal liability at that time. USL Board had ordered an additional inquiry to plug gaps found in an initial probe launched in April 2015 that showed improprieties in loans worth Rs 1,337 crore given by USL to the entities linked to its erstwhile promoters. “The additional inquiry prima facie reveals further instances of actual or potential fund diversions amounting to approximately Rs 913.5 crore (using exchange rate as on March 31, 2015) as well as other potentially improper transaction involved USL and its Indian and overseas subsidiaries amounting approximately Rs 311.8 crore,” USL said. (MORE) PTI BJ MRlast_img read more