Chinese man pulls TV from fire to Cup
Updated: 2006-06-29 13:42
A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house
burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday's World Cup match between France
A fire broke out in a hutong in the centre of the Chinese capital at 3
a.m.local time on Wednesday, and gutted the traditional courtyard resident, the
Beijing Daily Messenger reported.
"When the neighbours shouted 'fire!', I took my little baby and ran out in my
nightclothes," the man's wife told the paper.
"My husband paid little attention to the danger, just grabbed the
television and put it under his arm.
"After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket
to plug in and continue watching his game."
The timing of the matches broadcast from Germany, which is six hours behind
China, has forced some Chinese fans to go to great lengths to follow the action.
One man quit his job in Beijing to return to his hometown Chongqing so he
could watch the whole tournament uninterrupted.
Xinhua news agency reported that the 23-year-old's boss at the IT company had
offered him a pay rise, but he turned it down flat, saying the World Cup was
more important than his job.
The Guangzhou Daily reported that local police were forced to release a thief
arrested for stealing a mobile phone when the victim refused to press charges
because he did not want to miss the start of a match.
Although there are also many female World Cup fans in China, one man in the
southeastern city had to sign a contract with his wife agreeing to do all the
housework during the month of the finals so he could watch the matches at night.
Another from Putian, Fujian province, cheers during the Argentina-Ivory Coast
match that woke his wife. She then switched off the television. The man even
locked her in their bedroom and settled back down to watch the game ignoring her