Dutch students raise €3k for Rome fountain

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Damage to the Barcaccia Fountain has been put at €1.2 million. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
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Dutch students on Monday donated €3,200 to restore Rome's Barcaccia Fountain, which was damaged last month by rampaging football fans from the Netherlands.

Students from the Celeanum Gymnasium, in the Dutch city of Zwolle, presented the donation to city hall representatives standing alongside the baroque fountain, which sits next to the Spanish Steps in Rome’s historical centre.

Paolo Masini, councillor for sport, thanked the students for the “great lesson of civility which has come from your classrooms”.

“As we well know, the Dutch love Rome and those hooligans are an absolute minority,” Masini was quoted in Il Messaggero as saying.

An estimated €5 million in damages was caused by Feyenoord fans who tore through the city ahead of their team’s game against Roma last month. Damage to the Barcaccia Fountain, which recently underwent costly renovation, has been put at €1.2 million.

A restoration company from the Netherlands has since offered its services for free to the city, saying it was “shocked by what happened” at the hands of the Dutch fans.

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At least four fundraising websites have been set up in the wake of the thuggery, raising around €25,000 for the city.

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They include the Scusa Roma (Sorry Rome) crowdfunding page, set up by a Dutch woman living in Italy, which to date has received over €11,000 in donations.

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