HANOI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- While World Cup atmosphere is becoming hotter and hotter in Vietnam with prisoners eagerly watching matches behind bars, and TV sets being seen nationwide, a restaurant in southern Ho Chi Minh City hangs a plate which says "A place of refuge during World Cup."
The Faifo Hoai Pho restaurant in the city-based Huynh Tinh Cua Road with the odd plate has attracted more and more customers, especially wives since the world¡¯s biggest soccer event started early June.
The customers want to run away from the sight of their husbands gluing eyes to TV screens and crying all night. Ironically, owner of the restaurant without TV sets, a poet named Huy Tuong, is a crazy soccer fan.
Some Vietnamese people, who have flown to Germany to watch World Cup games, have phoned home, complaining that they have to drink draught beer all day, since soft drinks in Germany, cradle of draught beer, are now very costly. A bottle of soft drink sells for 3.5 euros, they said.
While many people can cry or scream freely when watching World Cup soccer matches at stadiums or on TV, some others have to do it silently. They are prisoners.
In the Phu Son Prison No. 4 in northern Thai Nguyen province, hundreds of inmates are eager to wait for TVs set being turned on just before the start of the match. Right after the game, the TV sets are turned off, while the soccer fans behind bars go to bed, making no noise.
In the daytime, the inmates can go to the prison¡¯s libraries, reading sports newspapers and making comments about their favorite teams or players.