Liverpool, Real fans in for Kiev hotel price shock

first_img0Shares0000Kiev will become a much more expensive place for visitors as hotels ramp up prices for Champions League final fans © AFP/File / Sergei SUPINSKYKIEV, Ukraine, May 12 – Fancy shelling out Sh421, ($4,200) for a night in a budget hotel?Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who do not may end up sleeping rough for the night when they come to Kiev for the Champions League final. The Ukrainian capital is the focus of fan fury after its hotels began charging 100 times their standard rates for the big match on May 26.And some supporters lucky enough to book their beds before they turned into luxury items were aghast to discover their reservations annulled.The Liverpool FC supporters club even posted a “rough” guide on Facebook that included overnight stays in the Polish city of Wroclaw.The trek back out of Kiev was set for 3:00 am.The European football governing body UEFA issued a diplomatic statement to AFP agreeing it might be wisest to just pop in and out of town on match day.“It is expected that the preferred option for the majority of travelling fans will be charter flights arriving and leaving on the same day,” UEFA said.The rates some of the city’s more modest places are charging sometimes look like a misprint.A hotel called Harmony on Andriyivskiy Descent offers a room with a double bed and a miniature TV set balanced on a windowsill for 3,534 euros.Another two euros gets you a breakfast.A person at reception asked AFP to write a formal letter to management when asked why the price had been revised up for that one day from the usual 29 euros.Fans who thought they were being clever by booking long in advance also had trouble getting answers after discovering they had no places to stay.“Booked my hotel for Kiev months ago,” a Liverpudlian named Stephen wrote on Twitter.“Now @bookingcom decided that they are gonna cancel it for me free of charge so I can re-book it for 15 grand!”A spokesperson for Booking.com said all of the site’s prices were set by the hotels and that it was ready to defend the interests of clients who had their reservations tossed out.– Virus attack –The Spanish sport daily Marca published accounts of similar horror stories befalling Real fans.One received a message from his hotel asking him to cancel his reservation “because we will not have electricity and water for the dates indicated”.Another place said “a virus attack” was responsible for a cheap room being offered when in fact there were none.Kiev city authorities have responded by assigning the problem to the state anti-monopoly committee.The committee said on Tuesday that it had started “to monitor prices on the hotel services market”.It has not been heard from since.All of which prompted kind Ukrainian souls to start a Facebook page offering free couches to desperate lovers of the beautiful game.It had nearly five thousands members by Saturday and a big writeup in the Liverpool Echo newspaper.Page creator Victor Kylymar told the paper that he was not really into football but felt an “obligation” to help people out.“This is a common event for all of Europe and to use this to make money is not the best idea,” Kylymar said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Los Altos breezes, 35-3

first_imgANAHEIM — Los Altos High School’s football team answered a lot of questions about its defense in a 35-3 nonleague win over Western on Thursday night. The win improved the Conquerors’ record to 4-1 before they enter Miramonte League play next week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our quarterback threw the ball pretty good,” Conquerors coach Greg Gano said. “He’s as good as anyone around.” The Conquerors’ defense held the normally explosive Pioneers double-wing offense to 65 yards in the first half and 145 for the game. The Pioneers moved into Conquerors territory once in the first half and three drives never got past their 25. “I was really proud of our defense,” Gano said. “We gang tackled tonight. That was the big part of our game we had to improve and we worked on it all week.” Castaneda hit wide receiver Chapelle Brown on the second play of the game for a 79-yard touchdown and the Conquerors never trailed. Quarterback Matt Castaneda completed 8 of 9 pass attempts for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help the Conquerors take a 21-0 lead. Castaneda finished the game with 289 yards, completing 16 of 19 attempts. He threw TD passes to three different receivers. center_img Brown had five receptions for 135 yards. Rex Foss also had five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. “We executed our offense,” Gano said. “We had some guys to throw the ball to.” The Pioneers moved the ball deep into Conquerors territory on their first possession of the second half, but they were forced to settle for a field goal after Tony Torres and Brandon Lopez got quarterback sacks and they never got close again. “I was really happy with our D-line,” Gano said. “I wouldn’t have believed if you had told me would beat this team 35-3.” James Davis scored on a 29-yard run in the third quarter and Castaneda hit tight end Raymond Rodriguez early in the fourth for the Conquerors’ final score. Davis led the Conquerors’ ground attack with 84 yards on 13 carries. “We’ll have to run the ball better next week,” Gano said. “Charter Oak is going to be tough and we have a lot of things to work on.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more