Son Heung-Min Can Avoid Military Service Even If South Korea Lose The Asian Cup Final
Tottenham Hotspur Son Heung-min can avoid serving military service for South Korea even if his nation lose the Asian Games final.
South Korean law requires men between the age of 18 and 35 to perform two years of military service. And so Son is attempting to win the Asian Games to avoid this. He's got to the final so far.
Unbelievable scenes as South Korea come from behind to beat Uzbekistan 4-3 after extra time with a 117th minute penalty and save Son Heung-min from military service. https://t.co/gVi3ogrjKo- Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) August 27, 2018
Son's South Korea side beat Vietnam 3-1 on Wednesday to secure their place in the final of the competition.
Son Heung-min remains on course for exemption from military service after South Korea beat Uzbekistan 4-3 after extra time to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Games. In S Korea, only footballers who win a medal at the Olympics or the Asian Games are exempt. #Tottenham #Spurs- Dom Busby (@Dom_bbc) August 27, 2018
Son Heung-min on reaching the Asian Games final: "We don't need any more motivation. There's nothing to leave behind. Now that we've come this far, we'd be stupid if we can't do this."- Steve Han • 한만성 (@RealSteveScores) August 29, 2018
Son is hoping to win the whole thing with his side to be exempt from military service, and reports suggested that he only needs one game to do it.
But, according to a report in the the Times, the attacker can still avoid service if South Korea lose the final to Japan.
In a report, the publication states:
"Son will earn an automatic get-out if South Korea win Saturday's final but will not give up seeking an exemption if they are defeated by Japan.
"The winger will have the backing of his club to seek success in subsequent competitions.
"Tottenham have indicated that they will give Son permission to play in next year's Asian Cup to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in January, while, if necessary, he could also seek a waiver to allow him to play in the Tokyo Olympics after turning 28 in a last-ditch attempt to avoid being called up."
Even still, Spurs supporters will be hopeful that Son wins the upcoming Asian Games final. It would certainly be an easier path to take.