A South Korean promoter was ordered to compensate followers on Friday after Juventus famous person Cristiano Ronaldo did not play an exhibition match as promised.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stayed on the bench all through a 3-Three draw with a Ok-League all-stars workforce in July final 12 months, regardless of the pleas and anger of a sell-out 65,000 crowd on the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Match promoter The Fasta had run adverts promising the Portuguese striker would play.
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The Seoul Central District Court ordered The Fasta to refund half the ticket worth and a further 50,000 gained ($45) in compensation to every of 162 plaintiffs who had sued the promoter.
Tickets — priced from 30,000 gained to 400,000 gained — had bought out in lower than three minutes, such was the clamour to see the 35-year-old.
“The defendant has contractual obligations of Ronaldo playing in the game barring any unforeseen circumstances,” the courtroom stated, in keeping with South Korea’s Yonhap information company.
The followers who had come anticipating Ronaldo to play suffered “emotional distress”, it added.
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No order was made in opposition to Ronaldo or Juventus.
The verdict adopted a courtroom in a unique district ordering The Fasta to compensate two followers who had accused it of false promoting.
Anger over the famous person’s absence unfold past sports activities followers to the broader public, prompting the coining of an internet phrase “acting like Ronaldo”, referring to somebody who does not dwell as much as their guarantees.
The Ok-League accused Juventus of “deception” and demanded an apology, whereas one fan flew to Sweden to confront his hero.
Juventus, who had been on a promotional tour, had flown into South Korea on a delayed flight and arrived late on the floor, placing again kick-off by an hour.