Cristiano Ronaldo saves his fan from the court and wrote letter to Florida court to drop charges against Ronald Gjoka, who hugged him in ground while match in progress.
Court accepted Ronaldo letter and dropped pitch invader charges against 20-year-old.
It happened in August during Real Madrid’s pre-season friendly match against Chelsea (Miami).
After this incident, Gjoko held in jail for 36 hours for trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Ronaldo’s content of letter:
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.”
Now the court dismiss all charges against Gjoka and he is free now. He shared his thanks Ronaldo and explained what happened in precious one minute in his life.