The Reading / Listening - Football Fans - Level 2

Football fans in South Korea plan to sue Italian soccer club Juventus and its star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Fans want compensation after Ronaldo failed to play in a friendly against an all-star K League team. Juventus signed a contract to play Ronaldo for 45 minutes, but he stayed on the bench and did not even lace up his boots. Fans at the game chanted the name of Ronaldo's great rival Lionel Messi. There were also boos at the stadium. Fans have also been on social media. One fan wrote: "He betrayed the 60,000 audience and belittled us. I'm no longer a Ronaldo fan."



The angry fans want compensation. They have gone to see lawyers in South Korea's capital city. They want their $60 ticket price back and compensation of $850 each for the "mental anguish" Ronaldo's no-show caused. A lawyer said that normally in such cases, fans would get their money back for their tickets. He said this was "a special case" because Juventus used "false advertising" to take advantage of Ronaldo's fans. He added: "As for the mental anguish...some of the fans are very passionate. They are real fans, so for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Football Fans - Level 0 Football Fans - Level 1   or  Football Fans - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49168694
  • https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/south-korean-fans-sue-for-mental-anguish-after-ronaldo-sits-out-seoul-friendly-1.3971970
  • https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2019/07/661_273116.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Football fans in South Korea
  2. play in
  3. Juventus signed
  4. lace up
  5. chanted the name of
  6. There were also boos
  7. Fans have also been
  8. I'm no
  1. a contract
  2. at the stadium
  3. on social media
  4. a friendly
  5. longer a Ronaldo fan
  6. his boots
  7. plan to sue
  8. Ronaldo's great rival

Paragraph 2

  1. South Korea's
  2. compensation
  3. He said this was a special
  4. Juventus used false
  5. to take advantage
  6. some of the fans
  7. They are real
  8. for them it is very
  1. case
  2. fans
  3. of Ronaldo's fans
  4. painful
  5. capital city
  6. advertising
  7. of $850 each
  8. are very passionate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football fans in South Korea (1) ___________________ Italian soccer club Juventus and its star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Fans want compensation after Ronaldo (2) ___________________ in a friendly against an all-star K League team. Juventus (3) ___________________ to play Ronaldo for 45 minutes, but he stayed on the bench and did not even (4) ___________________ boots. Fans at the game chanted the name of Ronaldo's great rival Lionel Messi. There were (5) ___________________ the stadium. Fans have also been on social media. One fan wrote: "He betrayed the 60,000 audience and belittled us. I'm (6) ___________________ Ronaldo fan."

The angry fans want compensation. They (7) ___________________ see lawyers in South Korea's capital city. They want their $60 ticket (8) ___________________ compensation of $850 each for the "mental anguish" Ronaldo's no-show caused. A lawyer said that normally (9) ___________________, fans would get their money back for their tickets. He said this was "a special case" because Juventus (10) ___________________ to take advantage of Ronaldo's fans. He added: "As for (11) ___________________...some of the fans are very passionate. They (12) ___________________, so for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FootballfansinSouthKoreaplantosueItaliansoccerclubJuventusandit
sstarplayerCristianoRonaldo.FanswantcompensationafterRonaldof
ailedtoplayinafriendlyagainstanall-starKLeagueteam.Juventussign
edacontracttoplayRonaldofor45minutes,buthestayedonthebenchan
ddidnotevenlaceuphisboots.FansatthegamechantedthenameofRon
aldo'sgreatrivalLionelMessi.Therewerealsoboosatthestadium.Fansh
avealsobeenonsocialmedia.Onefanwrote:"Hebetrayedthe60,000au
dienceandbelittledus.I'mnolongeraRonaldofan."Theangryfanswant
compensation.TheyhavegonetoseelawyersinSouthKorea'scapitalcit
y.Theywanttheir$60ticketpricebackandcompensationof$850eachfo
rthe"mentalanguish"Ronaldo'sno-showcaused.Alawyersaidthatnor
mallyinsuchcases,fanswouldgettheirmoneybackfortheirtickets.Hes
aidthiswas"aspecialcase"becauseJuventusused"falseadvertising"to
takeadvantageofRonaldo'sfans.Headded:"Asforthementalanguish..
.someofthefansareverypassionate.Theyarerealfans,soforthemitisv
erypainfulbecausetheyloveRonaldo."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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