Fulham’s Ben Davis has missed his mandatory national service in Singapore and could face prison. 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. Davis, who has appeared for Fulham’s Under-18s 10 times, has been called up by the Singapore team but is yet to make an appearance.
And why would he? The minute he turns up hell be sent to army training camp or jail. It’s like telling a sprat if he doesn’t jump in the net the fisherman will come after him.
Deferments for sportspeople are rarely granted by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence.
But then they are absolutely brimming with sporting talent. Remember how we all got bored of hearing their national anthem at the Olympics? Or how they narrowly missed out on the world cup final when they got to the pub late and found they couldn’t see the screen.
Davis could be fined $10,000 (£5,700) instead of receiving a prison sentence.
A JustGiving page has been opened to help the 18 year old pay the fine who would have to work a full month to pay it himself.