Tottenham's Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

Son Heung-min was a standout for Korea at Russia 2018 where he scored one of his team's goals in the shock 2-0 win over

Son Heung-min has won gold with South Korea at the Asian Games, making the Tottenham winger exempt from military service.

Son didn't score in the final, but his influence was undeniable, rather unwittingly setting up Lee Seung-Woo's opener in the 93rd minute.

Son delivered a free kick for Hwang to ram home a towering header eight minutes later, before Ueda's goal triggered late drama. "We can win a gold medal against South Korea if we take them head-on with all our strength".

According to national law, all men must do 21 months of duty before the age of 28.

Son was selected to play at the 2014 Asian Games but his former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him - and the Koreans scooped gold.

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Son featured in Tottenham's 2-1 opening day win against Newcastle before leaving for the games, and he must now look to win his place back from the impressive Lucas Moura in Mauricio Pochettino's side.

And following on from a World Cup campaign where South Korea memorably beat reigning world champions Germany with two goals in stoppage time, the winning squad will now be given a special reprieve after going all the way in Indonesia. Having been signed in 2015 for £22m, Son signed a five-year deal last July.

The law has derailed the careers of numerous country's biggest male sports stars and K-Pop artists, with hugely popular boy band Big Bang having to take a break recently while its members performed their military service.

Those without a chance of a presidential pardon have turned to more drastic measures - many young men intentionally gain or lose weight, feign mental illness, get full body tattoos or resort to self-harm in order to get an exemption, according to the Yonhap news agency. He is still banned from entering South Korea.

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