Juventus through their chairman Andrea Agnelli have rejected allegations that the club acted irresponsibly after forward Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t feature in a preseason match against Seoul last week.
According to reports, the former Real Madrid superstar was contracted to feature for at least 45 minutes according to the event organizers but sat out the game due to ‘muscle fatigue’ leading irate fans to pursue legal action to seek compensation for the cost of tickets and “mental anguish.” The K League said on Tuesday that it had sent a letter of protest to Juventus for violating the contract but Agnelli has clarified his club’s position on the matter to K League President Kwon Oh-gap in a letter seen by Reuters.
“Every single player present in Korea... played the match, except one: Cristiano Ronaldo, who was obliged, according to our medical staff’s advice, to rest due to muscle fatigue after the Nanjing game [against Inter Milan] which was only 48 hours before the one in Seoul,” Agnelli wrote.
“Therefore, Mr. President, I definitely reject your accusation of irresponsible behavior, of arrogance and of disregard for fans, who we always honour. No one at Juventus wanted to bring disrepute to the K League, Korea Football Association or Asian Football Confederation.”