South Korean Fan goes all the way to Sweden to question Cristiano Ronaldo about his Juventus no-show last month despite being contractually obliged to do so.
Juventus had travelled to South Korea last month to play a friendly against their K-League All-star side. Cristiano Ronaldo was apparently contracted to play for at least 45 minutes in the match. However, he never left the bench on either side of the two halves.
Fans in attendance began to grow agitated with every passing minute. They even began to scream Lionel Messi’s name in anger. Nothing changed though and Ronaldo remained unused throughout the match. This led to an outcry by the fans. They claimed that they had been deceived by Ronaldo, Juventus and the South Korean agency that organised the match.
One fan however, has taken his protest to a whole other level.
South Korean Fan goes all the way to Sweden to question Cristiano Ronaldo about his Juventus no-show
South Korean Fan Kwak Ji-hyuk travelled all the way to Sweden where Juventus recently participated in the International Champions Cup. He tried to confront Cristiano Ronaldo all through the day. He has recorded the proceedings which has since been uploaded on his YouTube channel.
In the video, he screams: Why didn’t you play in Korea?”. He even goes to hold a sign in Portuguese for the star to read. However, in his own words, he was utterly ignored by Ronaldo.
Reports in South Korea suggest that fan intends to fly to Italy next month to meet Ronaldo and continue his agitation. The BBC reported last month that some fans are seeking compensation over Ronaldo’s no-show.
They have reached out to Seoul law firm Myungan to file a lawsuit, seeking compensation of 70,000 won (£48.50) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee, and 1m won 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,” a lawyer from the firm told Reuters.
“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.
“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.”
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