- Ben Davis: Fulham Under-18 player could face jail in Singapore12:04 | 19/02/2019
Fulham’s Ben Davis has missed his mandatory national service in Singapore and could face time in prison, says the country’s Ministry of Defence.
Ben Davis is alleged to have committed offences under Singapore’s Enlistment Act
The 18-year-old signed for the Premier League club on a two-year deal in July but his government denied his application to defer his duties.
All men from Singapore over 18 must serve in the armed forces, police or civil defence force for two years.
If Davis evades service for two years he may face up to four months in jail.
The sentence rises in accordance with the length of time service is avoided, with a maximum of three years for those who evade duty for 17 to 23 years or more.
Davis could be fined $10,000 (£5,700) instead of or in addition to prison time.
“Mr Benjamin Davis is a national service defaulter,” a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said.
“He failed to report for national service as required. He is also staying overseas without a valid Exit Permit.”
Deferments for sportspeople are rarely granted by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence.
It said in July they are only given to “those who represent Singapore in international competitions like the Olympic Games and are potential medal winners for Singapore”.
The midfielder became the first player from Singapore to sign a professional contract at a Premier League club when he joined last summer.
He has featured for Fulham’s Under-18s 10 times and has been called up by the Singapore team but is yet to make an appearance.
Source – BBC News
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