Singapore teen gets probation for threatening EPL footballer

A Singaporean teen was sentenced to 9 months probation and 40 hours of social work Wednesday for sending out Instagram death risks to French footballer Neal Maupay after an English Premier League match.

Derek Ng De Ren, 19, sent out a number of threatening direct messages to Brighton & Hove Albion forward Maupay in 2015 from the Southeast Asian city-state, according to court files.

The teen was outraged after viewing a crash on tv in between Maupay and Toolbox goalkeeper Bernd Leno throughout a match in June in 2015, that resulted in the goalie being stretchered off in the very first half.

Brighton’s forward later scored the winning objective in an important win for the bottom of the table group.

Blaming Maupay for the injury and furious at Toolbox’s loss, Ng sent out a number of Instagram messages in which he threatened to eliminate Maupay and his household, according to the court files.

“You think you will get away for injuring Leno? No way in hell bruv… But don’t worry you will be safe you won’t be hurt. It’s more fun watching you feel pain when your loved ones go through suffering,” Ng composed.

District Court Judge May Mesenas sentenced the teen to 9 months of monitored probation, 40 hours of social work and a curfew from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.

He will likewise be needed to look for mental and psychiatric treatment.

The judge informed Ng that “making threats is not the appropriate way” and his future would remain in jeopardy if he did not manage his feelings.

Ng, who had actually pleaded guilty to 2 counts of harassment, might have been fined and imprisoned for as much as 6 months for each charge.

After Maupay reported the messages, the Premier League worked with authorities in Singapore to pursue legal action.

Following the hearing, defence legal representative Mark Yeo informed AFP that Ng was “relieved to be put on probation”.

“I think he’s prepared to put this matter behind him, prepared to focus on his rehabilitation, focus on the next step forward.

“I believe much has actually been stated in court about his regret, about his desire to carry on and alter for the much better.”

Yeo likewise stated the teenager had actually composed an apology letter to Maupay, which had actually been forwarded to the gamer, and looked for expert counselling.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.