UEFA chief slams price-gouging from Ukraine hotels

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, right, and UEFA President Michel Platini arrive for an opening ceremony of the new Airport's terminal in Lviv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 12, 2012. Platini have opened a new terminal at Lviv Airport named a Danylo Halytsky, which was constructed as a part of the preparations for the Euro 2012 European Football Championship. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy)

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini has described those charging exorbitant prices for accommodation in Ukraine for the European Championship as "bandits and crooks."

Ukraine co-hosts Euro 2012 with Poland from June 8 to July 1, and some hotels in the country are charging up to 10 times their normal rates. Others are canceling reservations made months in advance.

Platini said Thursday that hotels shouldn't be allowed to raise the price from $53 to $657 per night for a room and urged the authorities to intervene. He was speaking at a ceremony to open a new airport terminal in Lviv, one of the host cities.

Platini says fans shouldn't have to cancel their plans because of "bandits and crooks who want to earn a lot of money during this Euro."