More vandalism at the Colosseum

Bulgarian footballer carves initials on monument.

A Bulgarian footballer was arrested on 17 July for carving his initials onto a column on the ground floor of the Colosseum, just days after a Lebanese tourist was caught doing the same thing.

The 33-year-old, Georgiev Blagoj, who plays for top Russian side Rubin Kazan, told police that he defaced the monument after presuming it was alright to add his initials to the graffiti already present.

It is the latest in a string of similar incidents involving tourists damaging the ancient amphitheatre, a crime which can carry a hefty penalty.

Last November a 42-year old Russian tourist was fined €20,000 after carving a large letter "K" on a wall inside the Colosseum.