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Meet the Ukrainian MP hosting Champions League final fans for free

May 12, 2018



Ukrainian lawmaker Yegor Sobolev and his family decided to invite soccer fans to stay in their home for free when they heard hotels had aggressively raised prices for the night of the Champions League final on May 26. Many hotels and apartments are asking several thousand dollars for accommodation that normally costs around $ 50 per night or cancelling existing bookings to charge higher rates for the expected influx of around 50,000 supporters. To promote a welcoming image of Ukraine, Ukrainians have taken to social media to offer supporters spare beds, lifts from the airport and even home-cooked meals of borscht, a traditional beetroot soup. Even President Petro Poroshenko has offered to host a few fans to make up for the lack of affordable accommodation in the capital over the weekend of the final between Liverpool and Spain's Real Madrid.

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