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Charges against fan who hugged Ronaldo dropped

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 8:50pm  ET

Cristiano Ronaldo poses next to a model of himself wearing the Portuguese national team kit during a tour of his museum in Funchal, Portugal, Sunday, Dec. 15 2013. The museum, opening Sunday, displays 150 of the soccer player's trophies and awards. (AP Photo/Helder Santos)

MIAMI (AP) -- Prosecutors in South Florida have dropped charges against an excited soccer fan who got onto the field and hugged Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during an August match.

The Miami-Dade state attorney's office announced Monday it would not prosecute 20-year-old Ronald Gjoka on trespassing charges. During Real Madrid's 3-1 Guinness International Champions Cup victory over Chelsea, Gjoka hugged Ronaldo for several seconds before police escorted him away.

According to a memo from the state attorney's office, prosecutors made multiple attempts to contact the owners of Sun Life Stadium, where the match was held, but never received a response. Without a victim to testify, prosecutors say they can't move forward with the case.

The Miami Dolphins operate Sun Life Stadium. A message left with a team spokesman wasn't immediately returned.


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