Former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou is facing a fine of up to €10,000 after taking a hammer and chisel to the Berlin Wall on TV, reports the Independent.
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The Ivory Coast international was reportedly filmed by national broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenbury while vandalising the historically significant monument. The wall has been protected since most of it was brought down in 1991 following the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1991, and anyone who damages it could be fined up to €10,000.
A complaint about the actions was made by Kani Alavi, the chairman of the artists initiative known as the East Side Gallery who own the copyright to the graffiti on the wall.
He said: “When I saw the pictures, I almost fell off the couch. We have a well-paid celebrity increasing his market value at the expense of a monument. Without respect. And the public television mixes with it. I am deeply disappointed. Just because there are no security guards, that does not mean that you can do what you want there. If he had been doing that at the Brandenburg Gate, the player would have been arrested.”
Now playing for Hertha Berlin, Kalou has been relatively successful in the Bundesliga. He has scored six times in 18 league appearances so far, an improvement on his days at Stamford Bridge where he had 60 goals in 251 games.