Police raid S. Korean sports agency over Ronaldo row
South Korean police raided a sports agency as part
of a fraud inquiry after Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sat out a
friendly in Seoul, enraging thousands of fans.
According to the police, the raid which was carried out after a criminal complaint, was intended to investigate whether the agency lied by claiming Ronaldo was guaranteed to play.
The Portuguese striker stayed on the bench throughout last month's friendly against a K-League all-stars team, with Juventus saying he was rested on medical advice because of muscle fatigue. The sell-out 65,000 crowd made its displeasure known during the game, which was delayed for an hour after Juventus arrived late from the airport. The K-League has accused Juventus of "deception" and demanded an apology. But the club has rejected accusations of deception and misbehaviour, with chairman Andrea Agnelli writing to the K-League: "Ronaldo was... obliged, according to our medical staff's advice, to rest due to a muscle fatigue. I definitely reject your accusation of irresponsible behaviour, arrogance, of disregard for fans, which we always honour, he added. The head of The Fasta, Robin Jang, has been banned from leaving the country and will soon be questioned, police added.