Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz has promised to pay up after being billed by Bundesliga rivals Cologne for causing damage to a penalty spot.
The 28-year-old Switzerland international was seen making a mischievous attempt to scuff up the spot during Saturday’s game between the teams at the Mungersdorferstadion, after a controversial penalty was awarded.
Visitors Augsburg were furious after Philipp Hosiner went down between two defenders and a spot-kick was given.
Anthony Modeste, who has not scored since October 4, slipped badly and saw his penalty saved by Hitz, whose disruptive gardening efforts paid off and the away side won the game 1-0.
Cologne responded, according to German newspaper Express, by sending an invoice for €122.92 to Hitz. The sum is reportedly to cover new turf and two hours of skilled labour.
Hitz wrote on Augsburg’s Facebook page: “If the bill was sent with a wink, I would like to pay on receipt, even if I think that our groundsman could mend the penalty spot faster.”
Cologne have said they will donate Hitz’s payment to a children’s hospital.
Augsburg added on the Facebook page that the club doubted the repairs would take two hours and that they would send Cologne a lawnmower – “with a wink”.