Kalou Faces Fine For Damaging The Berlin Wall

Cote d’Ivoire international striker, Salomon Kalou could be handed a fine of up to £7,122 (€10,000) for using a hammer and chisel on the Berlin Wall, according to a local newspaper.

A report by the Berliner Kuner says the ex-Chelsea FC winger was being filmed by the ARD-Sportchau for a match preview ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga home clash with Schalke.

The video report suggested that Kalou would be able to break down Schalke’s defence as the 29-year-old mimicked breaking off a piece of the wall with the tools at the tourist attraction, the Eastside gallery.

The ARD-Sportchau show’s presenter, Herhard Delling, said after the report was aired: “He’s actually knocked a piece out of the Berlin Wall. The beautiful old Berlin Wall.”

Solomon Kalou Could Be Fined for Defacing the Berlin Wall. Image: Getty.
Solomon Kalou Could Be Fined for Defacing the Berlin Wall. Image: Getty.

The Berlin Wall divided Germany’s capital from 1961-89 and has been under protection order since 1991. Anyone defacing it can be heavily fined.

Authorities are set to investigate whether any damage was done to the landmark.

“I nearly fell off the sofa when I saw the footage,” the chairman of the Eastside Gallery, Kani Alavi, told the Berliner Kurier.

“Here we have a well-paid celebrity increasing his market value at the expense of a national monument. Without respect. And with the clear backing of television.

“Just because there is no security patrolling the Gallery, doesn’t mean you can go around doing what you want. If he had done that at the Brandenburg Gate, the player would probably have been arrested.”

Schalke are yet to comment on the development. The match at the Olympic stadium ended 2-goal apiece.

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