Feyenoord fans damage to Rome put at €8m, fundraising continues

barcaccia fountainThe damage caused to Rome’s ancient monuments, shops and bars by rampaging Feyenoord football fans last month totals €8m, the Italian capital’s city council said on Thursday.

Repairs to the Barcaccia fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps will cost €75,000 and the €209,000 spent recently on restoring the fountain was ‘completely wasted’, broadcaster Nos reports. The fountain, which was hit by at least 108 beer bottles thrown by fans, has lost over €1m of its value, officials said.

The council puts the damage to the city’s image at between €3m and €4m while the loss of trade and damage to shops and bars is put at €3m. The cost of the clean-up operation after the ‘barbarians’ was €58,000 while damage to buses added €100,000 to the bill.

Meanwhile, pupils at the Celeanum high school in Zwolle have raised over €3,000 for repairs to the fountain, which they will personally hand over to city officials on Monday, news agency ANP reports.

A benefit in Amsterdam raised €6,000 and Dutch nationals living in Italy have donated €11,000 via the Scusa Roma (sorrry Rome) campaign.

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