Fans to be compensated after Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly breaks appearance contract
A South Korean court has ordered local match organiser ‘The Fasta’ to compensate two fans after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to appear in a Juventus friendly as advertised last summer.
Ronaldo was advertised, and contracted, to play at least 45 minutes against a K-League all-star team, but fans were left disappointed after the forward didn’t make it off the bench.
The Fasta have been ordered to pay 371,000 won (£240) to two fans, with the award including 300,000 won (£194) for “mental anguish” caused, according to lawyer Kim Min-ki.
Kim said: “The Fasta misled and used the fans of Cristiano Ronaldo for their own benefit.
“To the fans of Ronaldo, this is equivalent to losing the player whom they would have admired and supported their entire lives.”
Kim also told Reuters he is representing 87 additional plaintiffs in other cases filed around the match.
The game finished 3-3, and tickets sold out in less than 3 minutes after the 34-year-old Ronaldo was featured heavily in advertisements.
South Korea’s professional league and governing body K-League sent an official letter of protest to Juventus for violating a contract.
Fans began to get angry at the event, even chanting for the Portugueses rival Lionel Messi, after it became apparent he wouldn’t feature.
During July last year, the Fasta CEO Robin Chang confirmed to local broadcaster SBS that the contract stipulated Ronaldo play 45 minutes, and said she found out that the 34-year-old would not take part 10 minutes into the second half.
“When I went to argue with (Pavel) Nedved, the vice president of Juventus, all he said was ‘I also wish Ronaldo ran, but he doesn’t want to’.
“Sorry, there’s nothing I can do, I was so frustrated.”