payback time

Cologne have sent a bill to Augsburg's goalkeeper after he damaged their pitch with his antics

And there was Marwin Hitz thinking an apology would put the controversy to bed.

THERE WAS MUCH controversy last weekend when FC Cologne lost to Augsburg in their Bundesliga clash by the slenderest of margins.

With the game scoreless, Cologne were awarded a penalty when the opposition goalkeeper Marwin Hitz deliberately raked his studs across the penalty spot, digging his heels into the turf too – all designed to try and put the kick-taker off.

The strategy worked as Anthony Modeste tripped during his run-up and blasted the subsequent effort wide.

To make matters worse, Augsburg scored the game-winner six minutes later.


Hitz was shamed afterwards and apologised for his behaviour, saying that it wouldn’t happen again.

But admirably, Cologne have kept their sense of humour and have sent Hitz a bill for €122.92 owing to the damage he caused to their pitch.

Should the goalkeeper pay, the money will go to charity.

Over to you, Marwin.

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