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Ronaldo-hugger avoids charges

December 16, 2013
By ESPN staff

A US prosecutor has dropped charges against a college student who invaded a Real Madrid pre-season friendly match to hug Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronald Gjoka invaded a pre-season friendly between Real Madrid and Chelsea to hug Cristiano Ronaldo.
GettyImagesRonald Gjoka invaded a pre-season friendly between Real Madrid and Chelsea to hug Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid were playing against Chelsea in Miami in August when 20-year-old Canadian Ronald Gjoka jumped onto the pitch in the second-half and embraced Portugal international Ronaldo.

The student, who attends Palm Beach State Community College, faced charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing.

However, with the help of Ronaldo, who wrote a letter to the prosecutor on behalf of Gjoka, all charges were dropped.

"We are happy to announce the prosecutor today dropped the charges against our client in open court," Richard Hujber, a lawyer for Gjoka, said.

"In particular, we thank Cristiano Ronaldo for all his assistance and consideration in this important matter involving a young college student with an extremely bright future."

However, Ronaldo may not have seen the last of Gjoka, with the young student adding: “My dream now is just to see him again to say thanks." 

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