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Korean court rules in favor of fans in Ronaldo no-show

Feb 05,2020
A Korean court on Tuesday ruled in favor of local football fans who demanded compensation for football star Cristiano Ronaldo’s “no-show” incident in a much-awaited match last year.

A sellout crowd of 65,000 filled the Seoul World Cup Stadium in July 2019 for an exhibition match between a K League All-Star team and Ronaldo’s team, Juventus FC.

The football icon, however, remained seated on the bench throughout the game. Angry fans went online, arguing Ronaldo had ignored local fans. The K League also demanded an apology from Juventus and The Fasta, a local agency that organized the match.

On Tuesday, a district court in Incheon ruled in favor of two fans who filed a compensation suit against the marketing agency, ordering it to pay each of them 371,000 won ($312).

The football fans had demanded compensation, claiming that the agency’s advertisement that guaranteed Ronaldo’s appearance was an exaggeration and a fraud.

Yonhap