South Korean football fans have threatened to sue Juventus for failing to play Cristiano Ronaldo in a friendly during their pre-season tour in Seoul last week.
The fans are now seeking compensation claiming that according to event organizers, Ronaldo was expected to play at least 45 minutes against K League All Stars.
Ronaldo however sat out the entire game at the packed Seoul World Cup Stadium.
An online community was formed on South Korea’s Naver web portal to protest Ronaldo’s lack of participation.
That angered the fans and resulted in members reaching out to lawyer Kim Min-ki to file a lawsuit against the match organizers and Juventus.
“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 told Reuters.
The event organizers and Juventus have not responded to the claims.
If the suit is successful, fans will receive 70,000 won (Sh6,170) per ticket in compensation, 1,000 won (Sh88) for ticket commission fee and 1 million won (Sh88,143) each 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.
“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.”