No more appeals made in Ben Davis case: Mindef

Teen footballer currently with EPL club Fulham due to enlist for NS in about a month

Singaporean footballer Ben Davis (at right) during a Fulham Under-18 match against Chelsea. The teenager's appeal for deferment had sparked a national debate last year. He is the first Singaporean to sign professional terms with an EPL team.
Singaporean footballer Ben Davis (at right) during a Fulham Under-18 match against Chelsea. The teenager's appeal for deferment had sparked a national debate last year. He is the first Singaporean to sign professional terms with an EPL team.PHOTO: FULHAM FC

With about a month to go before he is due to enlist for national service, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has revealed that it has not received further appeals for deferment from footballer Ben Davis.

Davis, who turned 18 in November, is currently on the books of English Premier League (EPL) side Fulham, the first Singaporean to sign professional terms with an EPL team. Should he fail to return by his enlistment date next month, he will be considered a defaulter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'No more appeals made in Davis case: Mindef'. Print Edition | Subscribe