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Jolly Hockey Girls 500K Bash Bill

Germany's London Olympics gold medal winning hockey team has been handed a 500,000 GBP bill after trashing a pleasure cruiser during a floating victory celebration.

The squad are said to have smashed furniture, broken windows, drenched carpets with spilled booze and left cigars burns on teak panelling during the riotous bash aboard the cruise ship MS Deutschland on its way back from London to Hamburg.

The party was thought to have been thrown to celebrate the Gold medal victory at the London Olympics Men's Hockey Final.

Pictures of the players puffing on cigars and showering each other in champagne have already been splashed all over the German media.

Now ship owners say the squad will be asked to pay for all the repairs and the cost of lost business while the liner is in dry dock being refitted.

"The carpets and upholstery cannot be replaced while the ship is in use," Deilmann shipping company spokeswoman Kornelia Kneissl explained.

According to the shipping company the ship is a five star top of the range ship.

Players are said to have apologised for their antics and presented the owners with a signed hockey stick.

The German Hockey Association (DHB) says it had not yet received a bill.

The German Hockey Association Vice President Remo Laschet  said: "We have received no concrete demands from the shipping company Peter Dailmann nor have we received any reports stating the damaging allegedly caused. And as we are not the organisers of the party we cannot be held responsible for any eventual costs."

It has also been pointed out that it was not just the hockey squad on board the ship celebrating the victory. There were an additional 400 invited guests also celebrating on board including the squad, trainers and back stage staff.

"At present we are just dealing with speculation and unlaid eggs," said Hockey Association Spokesperson Torsten Bartel.

"If something should be presented to us we will check it in detail and in a factual manner. We will also be checking carefully if we are the correct recipient."

But legal experts say the association could argue that it is not responsible for the behaviour of individual players.

"It's simple. Whoever destroys a table must pay for it," explained one.

It is unclear whether the costs will have to be picked up by individuals, the German Hockey Association or the party organiser.

"It will be very difficult to prove who is at fault. If the shipping company pursue the claim further the matter will more than likely end up in court.

The captain of the MS Deutschland ship, Andreas Greulich, had said nearer the time just two days after the party: "It was a nice party. Towards the end a few things got broken but I think we will be able to get over it. We were all young once."

The German Olympic Committee said: "We are very happy about the German Hockey Team's Olympic success, but we do not have any comment to make about these allegations.

German Herald

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