German goalkeeper Hitz billed for damaging penalty spot

Augsburg, Dec 9 (IANS) German football club FC Augsburg’s goalkeeper Marwin Hitz received a bill for 89.15 pounds (around $135) by the head of Cologne’s sporting venues (KSS) after he was caught damaging the penalty spot during a Bundesliga match against FC Koln.

The 28-year-old scuffed up the spot as a decision to award a penalty to the home side was debated during the match at the weekend. He then saved the spot-kick as Anthony Modeste lost his footing, BBC reported on Tuesday.

Hitz apologised for his actions during the 1-0 win but was then sent the bill, which covers the cost of a piece of turf and two hours’ work to replace it.

The Switzerland international confirmed on Twitter that he will pay the bill and make a donation to a children’s hospital in Cologne.

“With a wink, I like to pay my debts. In addition, I will make a donation to the children’s hospital,” Hitz tweeted on Tuesday.

In addition, Augsburg are sending Cologne a club branded lawnmower to help with the repairs.

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