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Ronaldo appeals for Miami football fan arrested for hug

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 the field to embrace him.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Credit: PA

The Portuguese striker is 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 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", Ronaldo wrote in a hand-signed letter sent to the prosecutor.