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12:00 AM, May 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 13, 2018

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Kiev hotel price shock awaits fans

Fancy shelling out 3,500 euros 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.

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 breakfast. A person at reception asked AFP to write to management when asked why the price had been revised 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 going to cancel it for me free of charge so I can re-book it for 15 grand!"

Spanish daily Marca published accounts of similar 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.

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