Football fans to sue for £46m after Cristiano Ronaldo refused to play a friendly match in South Korea

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Football fans in South Korea are taking legal action to seek compensation after Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t play a part during Juventus’ pre-season tour in Seoul last week.

According to event organisers, The Fasta Inc, Ronaldo had been contracted to play at least 45 minutes against K League All-Stars but ultimately sat out the entire game at a packed Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Now, an online community has been formed on South Korea’s Naver web portal to protest about Ronaldo’s lack of participation, and two members reached out 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 is seeking 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.’