France fans face HK$40,000 World Cup hangover for damage to hotel caused by wild celebration of Les Bleus victory

UFE have launched a crowdfunding page to cover the costs of cleaning hotel ballroom carpet, screens and chairs plus replacing cocktail tables

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2018, 3:31pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2018, 8:26pm

While many France fans are still nursing sore heads from celebrating their World Cup final victory over Croatia on Sunday night, the hangover is all too real for the organisers of the fan zone at the Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom.

The Overseas French Association of Hong Kong (UFE) was presented with a bill for damage caused by the France fans during the event.

“The evening was a huge success,” president Marc Guyon wrote, “except for some damages caused by some people.”

That damage includes “beer on the floor, chairs and screens, and cocktail tables broken”.

Combined costs come to over HK$40,000 for beer damage to the ballroom carpet, chairs and screens plus broken cocktail tables.

Over 1,500 fans attended the event and they were in high spirits from the outset, beer was sent flying when France scored the first goal after 20 minutes and then again every time the team scored.

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The HK$200 entry fee, which included all-you-can-drink beer, went directly to the hotel and the UFE, a non-profit organisation staffed by volunteers, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the GoGetFunding website.

They are targeting HK$44,895 and have appealed to those who attended to help reach it.

“If you spent a great evening and keep forever lasting memories thanks to our event, if you feel for any reason that you should specially chip in for the recovery of the hotel ballroom, or even if you were not here on that evening but feel like showing some solidarity with this problem, please join this fundraising campaign and help make it successful.”

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As of 3pm Wednesday, the first day of the campaign, they had already reached 19 per cent of the total having raised over HK$8,500 from 68 backers.

The crowd funding campaign ends on July 31.