Cristiano Ronaldo fans have won a court case for “emotional distress” after the forward failed to make an appearance at an event.
The Juventus superstar was kept on the bench throughout the side’s 3-3 draw against the K-League all-star team in July 2019 during a pre-season tour of South Korea..
It led to a furious reaction from the 65,000-strong crowd, with match promoter The Fasta having shown advertisements that the five-time Ballon D’Or winner would show.
And it led to 162 spectators, one of whom travelled all the way from Sweden for the game, taking a lawsuit against the organisation for Ronaldo’s no-show at the exhibition game.
Reports have now emerged that The Seoul Central District Court have ordered The Fasta to compensate the disgruntled fans.
Supporters will receive a refund of half their ticket price – which is between 30,000 and 400,000 won [£20 – £270] – as well as an additional 50,000 won [£34] compensation fee.
The court [via Yonhap news agency] said: “The defendant has contractual obligations of Ronaldo playing in the game barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Ronaldo’s fans secured the win due to suffering “emotional distress”, the court added.
While two fans accused The Fasta of false adverting, earning extra compensation in a different district court.
The Juventus forward has returned to match action after spending most of October out following a positive Covid-19 test on Portugal duty.
But the 35-year-old wasted no time getting back to form, scoring three goals in two games this month.
It means the superstar has 71 goals in 94 appearances for the Italian side – but his chances to hit the net could be limited with the Old Lady.
Juventus are looking to cash in themselves on Ronaldo, taking £100m from a sale next summer due to the impact of Covid-19 on their finances.
It will mean Ronaldo is not offered a new contract, which currently sees the forward earn £28million a year.
And the forward could even make a return to Manchester United, where he scored 118 goals and won his first Champions League title.
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