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South Korean court orders compensation for Ronaldo no-show

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Juventus's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League round 16 second leg match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid in Turin, Italy, Mar.12, 2018. Juventus won 3-0. (Xinhua/Alberto Lingria)

AFP – A South Korean court ordered a local promoter Tuesday to compensate fans for Cristiano Ronaldo’s no-show at a friendly match in Seoul last year.

The Juventus star stayed on the bench throughout a 3-3 draw with a K-League all-stars team at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in July, despite rounds of appeals from a sell-out crowd of 65,000.

Match promoter The Fasta had run adverts heavily featuring the Portuguese striker.

Tickets — priced from 30,000 won ($25) to 400,000 won — sold out in less than three minutes, with many eager to see the 34-year-old superstar in action.

Two fans sued The Fasta, accusing it of false advertising, and the Incheon District Court ruled the promoter should pay them 371,000 won each, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported.

No order was made against Ronaldo or his club.

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