Euro 2012: The Kyiv clear-up begins

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Euro 2012: The Kyiv clear-up begins

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The party is over and the clean-up has begun. Dismantling the Euro 2012 fan-zone in the centre of Kyiv is just one job among many around the country that officials say might not be finished until the middle of the month.

It is too soon to assess the exact economic impact of the tournament on the hosts’ bank balances but some fans have already complained about the effect on their wallets.

Tomasz, a supporter from co-hosts Poland said: “Kyiv is very expensive for Polish people. I’ve paid 250 euros for two nights.”

German fan Paul said: “Hotel owners have put the prices up a lot, that’s not so good, but the transport and all that worked very well.”

Bars, cafes and restaurants are anticipating a well earned rest after the influx of so many supporters in one place in one short time. The owners are looking forward to totting up what kind of benefit the invasion has brought.

Oksana Zaytseva, who owns a bar in central Kyiv said: “Our staff are now asking themselves, ‘what are we going to do now?’ Because they’ve got used to such a hectic rhythm of work. But this is the first day after Euro 2012, it’s a little bit sad.”