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Fans sue over Ronaldo sit-out

ReutersSEOUL (Reuters) — Soccer fans in South Korea are taking legal action to seek compensation after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to play in a friendly during Juventus’ preseason tour in Seoul last week.

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

An online community was formed on South Korea’s Naver web portal to protest Ronaldo’s lack of participation, and two members reached out to lawyer Kim Min-ki to file a lawsuit against the match organizers.

“Many purchased tickets to see Ronaldo. The Fasta publicized 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 said.

Calls to The Fasta were not answered, and officials at Juventus did not immediately reply to requests for comment. The lawsuit is seeking compensation of 70,000 won ($59) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee, and 1 million won ($847) each for compensation for “mental anguish.”

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