Cristiano Ronaldo appeals for Miami football fan arrested for hug
MIAMI (REUTERS) - Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo is appealing to Florida officials to drop charges against an over-enthusiastic fan who was arrested during a match after rushing to the field to embrace him.
Ronaldo, one of the world's highest-paid athletes handled the incident calmly during a match in Miami in August, even chatting with the 19-year-old fan, and telling security officials to take it easy on him before he was carted away.
The Portuguese star is now asking prosecutors to drop charges against Ronald Gjoka, a Canadian student who faces two counts of disorderly conduct and trespassing as a result of the incident in front of 70,000 fans during an International Champions Cup match in Miami between Real Madrid and Chelsea.
"I was playing at Sun Life Stadium last month when a fan entered the field," Ronaldo wrote in a hand-signed letter sent to the prosecutor and first reported by The Miami Herald.