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S. Korean football fans to sue organisers over Ronaldo’s absence in friendly match

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Football fans in South Korea are taking legal action to seek compensation for the “mental anguish” caused after Cristiano Ronaldo did not appear in Juventus’ preseason friendly in Seoul on July 26.

Ronaldo had been contracted to play at least 45 minutes against K League All-Stars according to event organisers The Fasta Inc., but the Portugal international ultimately sat out the entire game at a packed Seoul World Cup Stadium.

An online community was formed on South Korea’s Naver web portal to protest Ronaldo’s lack of participation and two members reached out to lawyer Kim Min-ki to file a lawsuit against the match organisers.

“Many purchased tickets to see Ronaldo. The Fasta publicised 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 said.

Phone calls to The Fasta by Reuters were not answered, while officials at Juventus did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation of 70,000 won ($59) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee and 1,000,000 won ($847) each for the 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.

“For now, we have two plaintiffs who sued the company, but I have been getting a lot of calls today and I assume there will be some 60,000 more.

“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.”

The Fasta CEO Robin Chang told local broadcaster SBS that the contract stipulated Ronaldo would play 45 minutes. She said that she found out that the 34-year-old would not take part 10 minutes into the second half.

“When I went to argue with [Pavel] Nedved, the vice president of Juventus, all he said was: ‘I also wish Ronaldo ran, but he doesn’t want to. Sorry, there’s nothing I can do.’ I was so frustrated.”

The Fasta issued a press release on Saturday, in which it said that Juventus did not abide by the terms of the contract. South Korea’s professional soccer governing body, K League, said on Tuesday that it had sent a letter of protest to Juventus for violating the contract.

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EARTHGANG Release GHETTO GODS (DELUXE)

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Atlanta duo EARTHGANG have released a deluxe version of their critically acclaimed record, Ghetto Gods. Featuring five additional tracks ranging from remixes, new songs and reimagined versions of album favorites, Ghetto Gods (Deluxe) brought along friends Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Smino and Blxckie to add their flair to the songs. (more…)

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R. Kelly will get sexual disorder treatment, have no contact with minors upon release

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As earlier reported, on Wednesday (June 29), R. Kelly received 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking and racketeering. Today (July 1), new details have been shared regarding the terms of his sentencing. According to reports, the “Ignition” singer must undergo sexual treatment if he is ever released. (more…)

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WATCH: James Corden acts as President Joe Biden’s P.A in the White House for a day

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US based British comedian/TV host, James Corden went to the White House as part of a segment for his tv show ‘The Late Late Show’ and posed as president Joe Biden’s personal assistant . (more…)

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Taylor Swift ‘secretly engaged to boyfriend Joe Alwyn’

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Taylor Swift is engaged to her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn, according to reports. (more…)

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Alleged Nigerian cybercrime kingpin in South Africa arrested over $12 million fraud

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INTERPOL, in collaboration with the US Secret Service, South African Police and other agencies, has arrested an alleged Nigerian cybercrime kingpin, James Aliyu, in connection with $12m romance scam and business email compromise fraud. (more…)

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Headie One Releases “Bigger Than Life” Featuring Dutch Rapper Frenna

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Today, UK drill pioneer Headie One releases brand new track, “Bigger Than Life,” along with an official music video. Take a listen to the track at all DSPs HERE.

Featuring the Dutch multi-platinum artist Frenna and production from Spanker, “Bigger Than Life” is the third track to be taken from Headie’s forthcoming European tape, following 22 Carats” with French rapper Gazo and Cloud” featuring German rapper Luciano.

Frenna comments on the collaboration “I always respected Headie and think he’s a great artist, we linked and it just clicked in the studio. We made a lot of shit happen and eventually ‘Bigger Than Life’ was born.”

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Frenna made his breakthrough in 2014 as part of the rap formation SFB (Strictly Family Business) and has had numerous #1 in the Netherlands including ‘Francis’ and ’’t Album Onderweg Naar ‘Het Album’’. His fifth solo album ‘Highest’ featuring breakthrough hit ‘Come Thru’ had a host of international artists on including Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade, British rapper Young Adz (D-Block Europe) and King Promise.

Headie’s as yet untitled new tape will be released over the summer and features rappers from a number of different European countries including France, Germany and the Netherlands. Each have their own unique story behind them and proves the King Of Drill’s ever increasing influence outside of his native UK.

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