South Korea’s victory against Germany on Wednesday eliminated Son’s chance of bypassing the 2-year military duty, which is required for all abled-bodied men before they turn 28.
|Son Heung-min (Yonhap)|
Titled “I will serve in the military on behalf of Son Heung-min,” a petition on the Blue House website called for Son’s exemption from the military enlistment.
|Screen-captured from presidential website. (Cheong Wa Dae)|
Cheong Wa Dae has pledged to give a response to petitions that have gained more than 200,000 signatures in a month. The petition on Son was posted on Sunday and signed by 2,422 people as of 4:38 p.m. Thursday.
“I can serve in the military twice if it means that the 50 million citizens of South Korea will be able to enjoy soccer,” the petitioner wrote.
|South Korean fans offer to serve in the military for a few days each on behalf of Son Heung-min by ‘crowd funding.’ (Twitter)|
In addition to the thousands of South Korean fans, some Mexican fans offered themselves up to serve in the Korean military, perhaps half-jokingly, on behalf of the nation’s soccer star via social media.
With the hashtag “FreeSonHeungMin,” the Twitter posts showed fans’ enthusiastic response to the issue, though the odds of the petition getting a result seem fairly low, at least for now.
|Mexican fans offer to help Son Heung-min be exempt from military enlistment. (Twitter)|
By Catherine Chung (firstname.lastname@example.org)