22:10 GMT29 January 2020
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    Organisers of a friendly match between FC Juventus and the Korean national team wanted to sue the Italian club because of the behaviour of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, earlier reports said.

    Seoul's Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into FC Juventus' alleged violation of the law after renowned forward Cristiano Ronaldo let down fans by failing to play in a friendly match in South Korea on 26 July, according to Mundo Deportivo.

    "If we can't find objective evidence of deliberate deception, no fraud case can be established and police can't intervene since it would become a civil case", a police officer said.

    The report comes after about 2,000 fans joined a class-action lawsuit demanding compensation for the match without Ronaldo. The agency that helped organise the match was accused of fraud. It said that it had a deal with Juventus that stipulated Ronaldo would play for at least 45 minutes and that he would hold a fan signing event.

    Juventus has allegedly been charged with violating the terms of the contract, according to which Ronaldo had to take part in the match. Friday's game between Juventus and the K League All-Stars ended in a 3-3 draw.

    According to the report, the suit is unlikely to move forward.

    Ronaldo has played two seasons in his current club Juventus, during which he has been in 46 matches and scored 31 goals.


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