Tottenham's Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

by Steven Clarke September 2, 2018, 2:58
Tottenham's Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

South Korea dominated the opening half and saw Hwang Ui-jo waste a glorious chance to break the deadlock, and their profligacy continued after the restart.

Almost every able-bodied South Korean male is required to perform military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any colour with an exemption.

After a goalless 90 minutes, three goals were scored in extra time.

Another assist from a free kick would put the Koreans up 2-0, Son finding Hwang Hee-Chan who headed home superbly.

The Tottenham forward was apologetic for missing the start of the Premier League action to feature in the Under-23 tournament in Indonesia, but the club gave him permission to go knowing a gold medal would seal his release from mandatory service for his country.

On September 1, the South Korean soccer team won the final match after scoring 2-1 against Japan at the '2018 Asian Games'. "We can win a gold medal against South Korea if we take them head-on with all our strength".

They must serve 21 months of military service before the age of 28 and there are only a few ways of gaining exemption.

Son committed his future to Spurs before the this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation by signing a five-year deal to remain at the north London club.

Despite knocking champions Germany out of this year's World Cup - before themselves crashing out in the group stages - South Korea's senior football team were not adjudged to have done enough to escape the service.

Yoo Seung-jun, a popular singer in the 1990s, had to give up his career in South Korea after he was accused of evading military service by becoming a U.S. citizen.

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