LATEST: Arnold Schwarzenegger's name was quietly removed from an Austrian stadium, formally named after the California Governor, on Christmas Day (25DEC05).

THE Terminator actor upset his native Austrians when he refused to block the execution of convicted killer STANLEY 'TOOKIE' WILLIAMS in California earlier this month (DEC05).

The majority of Schwarzenegger's fellow Austrians are against capital punishment, leading the Mayor SIEGFRIED NAGL in his hometown of Graz to grant a request from the actor to rename the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium as Stadium Graz Liebenau.

In a letter to the city council last week (ends23DEC05), Schwarzenegger wrote, "In all likelihood, during my term as governor, I will have to make similar and equally difficult decisions.

"In order to spare the responsible politicians of the city of Graz further concern, I withdraw from them as of this day the right to use my name in association with the Liebenauer Stadium."

The stadium was named after the actor in 1997.