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Ronaldo fans entitled to compensation after star's no-show, S.Korean court rules

Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Fiorentina - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 2, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two South Korean soccer fans who sued the match organiser after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to play in a friendly during Juventus’s pre-season tour in Seoul last year are entitled to compensation, a court ruled on Tuesday.

A district court in Incheon, west of Seoul, ordered the local agency that organised the match, The Fasta Inc, to pay 371,000 won ($312) to both fans listed in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit complained that The Fasta Inc had publicised Ronaldo would play for at least 45 minutes, but the Portugal star ultimately sat out the entire game in July 2019.

The court ordered The Fasta Inc to pay 70,000 won ($58.95) per ticket, 1,000 won ($0.8421) for the ticket commission fee, and 300,000 won ($252.63) each for “mental anguish” for the two plaintiffs, lawyer Kim Min-ki who filed the lawsuit, told Reuters.

Kim said he was also representing 87 other plaintiffs in several other cases that were filed in connection with the match.

The Fasta Inc’s website was not online as of Tuesday, and phone calls to the company’s president were not answered.

($1 = 1,187.5300 won)

Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Alex Richardson