An English fan has been jailed for two months for setting fire to a World Cup hotel room.
Shaun Hutchinson, 29, from Newcastle, was also ordered to pay $1,700 in compensation for the damage.Hutchinson, who was charged with willful damage, appeared before a court in Toulon, a spokesman for the British consulate said.
The incident took place June 13.
In Calais, an English soccer fan died in a traffic accident near Calais following the England-Colombia game in nearby Lens.
Thirty-eight-year-old Roy Chapman of Chelmsford was walking on the shoulder of an expressway near the port town after 11 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a car driven by a Frenchman on his way home from work, French police and the British Foreign Office said.
"It is a very unfortunate accident, and the police in France will be investigating," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
THE CUP HIGH UP: In a country where televisions are banned, soccer fans are still getting to see telecasts of the World Cup.
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has installed a giant TV screen in the capital city, Thimpu, where the matches are aired.
Kinley Dorji, editor of the government-owned newspaper Kuensel, said the screen was installed by the Bhutan Olympic Association at a sports stadium. The government also has allowed some private institutions to show the matches in three other towns.
Television is banned, and mass tourism is discouraged in Bhutan to avoid outside influence on its Buddhist way of life.
SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? World Cup, schmorld cup. To Japan's standout midfielder, Hidetoshi Nakata, it's just another soccer tournament.
"So many people were watching," Nakata said Saturday. "I thought it was a bigger tournament, but it wasn't that different from other matches."
In a rare news conference, the soft-spoken player with the orange hair went on at length about why he boycotts the press.
"Only if everything I say is reported truthfully," he said. "I want to talk, but there have been so many lies. I don't want to condone that."
Japan's sports reporting is dominated by the tabloid press, which often publishes speculation, sometimes fabrication, as news.
"As long as there are people who bend the truth, I will not change," Nakata said. "The problem lies with those who can't report the truth."
EUROPE GETS VOGTS' VOTE: German coach Berti Vogts would like to revert to the old World Cup format of having groups in the second round and said Europe should receive more slots in the finals.
"European soccer is the winner of this World Cup, while Asia and Africa are the big losers," Vogts said. "Europe and South America have confirmed their strengths. FIFA should see how many European teams qualify for the finals."
Ten of the last 16 teams are from Europe, with only four countries eliminated in the first round.
Vogts said he was happy with the expanded 32-team field this year, "but we should then have four groups of four teams in the second round, with the winners going to the semifinals."
The last time the World Cup used a group format in the second round was in 1982, with four groups of three teams and the winners going to the semis.
ALL HAIL THE KING: The Moroccan soccer team got a royal welcome on its return from the World Cup. King Hassan II praised the squad for its "very brilliant" result, even though it wasn't good enough to reach the second round.
The king said the players represented their country with dignity and complimented Henri Michel, the team's French coach, making him an honorary citizen of Morocco.
"We are not an ungrateful people, and we won't forget what you did for us," the king said.
Morocco finished 1-1-1 and missed the second round by one goal.
PINUP BOY: He's a 6-foot-4 midfielder with a forceful kick and a face made to sell insurance or spaghetti.
Jostein Flo of Norway is not just another face in the soccer crowd. He's the World Cup "Cutie of the Week" as picked by the French sports daily L'Equipe.
The newspaper invited Nathalie Egli of the Marilyn Sports modeling agency to review players in the tournament. She chose Flo for his wholesome approach.
"He's not a very beautiful boy, you wouldn't look twice if you crossed him in the street, but he seems friendly and very normal," Egli said. "He looks healthy, raised on grains. That's the perfect profile for a commercial for food, insurance, cars or pasta."