Fans sue Ronaldo for refusing to play friendly in South Korea
Many football fans in South Korea are going for legal action to seek compensation following Cristiano Ronaldo’s refusal to play in Juventus’ pre-season tour in Seoul last week.
According to the hosts, The Fasta Inc, Ronaldo had been told to play at least 45 minutes against K League All-Stars he ultimately sat didn’t play the entire game at a filled Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Currently, an online group are formed on South Korea’s Naver web portal to protest the Ronaldo’s lack of participation. Already two members talked to lawyer Kim Min-ki to file a lawsuit against the match organisers.
‘Many purchased tickets to see Ronaldo. The Fasta publicised that the company had a deal with Juventus which stipulated Ronaldo would play for at least 45 minutes and that Ronaldo would hold a fan signing event,’ Kim told Reuters.
The lawsuit seeks compensation of 70,000 won (£48) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee (70p). And 1 million won (£696) each for compensation for ‘mental anguish’.
‘Normally in such cases the plaintiffs will be refunded the price of the tickets. But I put this under a special case since the company, through false advertising, took advantage of the football star’s fans,’ Kim added.
‘For now we have two plaintiffs who sued the company, but I have been getting a lot of calls today. And I assume there will be some 60,000 more.
‘As for the mental anguish part, I’d like to say some of them are raucous fans, the real avid fans. So for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo and want to protect him. But they can’t, given the situation