A 19-year-old Singaporean, Derek Ng De Ren, has been charged in court for threatening to kill an English Premier League (EPL) football player and his family.
The EPL player is Neal Maupay, a forward for football club Brighton & Hove Albion.
Ng made the threats in June and July 2020 via Instagram while he was in Singapore, according to charge sheets seen by Mothership.
Maupay and his family were in the UK when the threats were made.
"I will kill you and your family"
Charge sheets stated that on June 24, 2020, Ng messaged Maupay on Instagram, saying:
"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."
Maupay had scored the winning goal in a match against Arsenal days before Ng made the threat.
During the match, Arsenal's goalkeeper Bernd Leno was carried off the pitch after getting injured. He had had a scuffle with Maupay.
Ng allegedly threatened Maupay again the next day by saying:
"I will f*** you up."
Court documents stated that on June 26, 2020, Ng messaged Maupay's Instagram once again, saying:
"Your family will be attacked later in the day, just watch."
Ng's last message was sent on July 1, 2020. He said:
"You think by reporting my account you're safe? I will kill you and your family."
EPL filed official police complaint in 2020
On Aug. 13, 2020, the EPL wrote about the "serious online abuse" received by Maupay on its website.
It added that it had traced the sender of the abusive messages to Singapore, and had filed an official police complaint.
The EPL also said that it was liaising with Singapore authorities, and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Maupay.
Ng intends to plead guilty to his charges, according to The Straits Times. He will return to court on May 31.
For each count of harassment, Ng could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to S$5,000.
Top images via Mothership & Neal Maupay/IG.