Cristiano Ronaldo has asked a judge to show leniency against the fan who invaded the pitch and hugged him during an exhibition match in August.
The fan, a 20-year-old Canadian college student named Ronald Gjoka, is facing criminal charges because of the incident, which may lead to further problems with his immigration and college status.
So, as a sign of compassion and support, Ronaldo recently penned a well-written plea to the judge, asking the authority to figure to show mercy on Gjoka.
Here is the letter, courtesy of
“My name is Cristiano Ronaldo and I play for Real Madrid. I was playing in Sun Life Stadium when a fan entered the field.
His name is Ronald Gjoka, a young college student. We hugged, and we spoke for a while, until security arrived to escort him off the field. He was not aggressive or violent in ANY way. What’s more, he did not put up any resistance when the security guards and police arrived.
As I understand it, he has admitted his mistake and understands the importance of security. He is a young man of twenty who grew up without a father and was raised by a single mother. He attends Palm Beach State Community College, Florida, with an international student grant.
I am concerned because I understand he may face problems with immigration and with his college if the criminal charges against him are not dropped. He was immediately taken to the Stadium’s security area and then spent a day and a half in jail.
It seems he appeared before a judge on Monday accompanied by his attorney who asked for the charges to be dropped, but you chose to ignore his appeal.
I understand your position and the importance of enforcing rules and laws. However, I respectfully request that you and your office reconsider this decision and dismiss the two criminal charges this young man faces.
I would hate to see him face criminal charges for his mistake. By all accounts he has a bright future ahead of him and I’d hate to see this future ruined by an error of judgement. Thank you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at any time.
Cristiano RonaldoAs you can see, Ronaldo does make several valid points. Namely, the fact that ruining a person's life because of a quick indiscretion doesn't help anyone, especially a young person who appears to be doing things the right way, other than interrupting live soccer matches, of course. However, the flip side of the argument is that dismissing charges against Gjoka may only encourage others to follow in his footsteps. So, it's a precarious situation to say the least.
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