LONDON: A press photographer who challenged a Premier League footballer to pay for a £6,000 camera that was wrecked in a goal celebration is to get his wish – in a seasonal story of goodwill, and the power of Twitter.
The UK Sports Journalists’ Association reported that Getty Images photographer Richard Heathcote tweeted to Jake Livermore after the Hull City midfielder trashed the camera when scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Saturday.
Livermore’s celebration included aiming a full-blooded boot at the camera, which was set up behind the goal alongside various pieces of broadcast equipment.
“Just incase @29_JL @hullcityteam your not sure the ball is the yellow thing . . . not the £6k camera,” Heathcote tweeted.
Then: “Dear @29_JL where do you want me to send the repair bill?”
Top marks to Livermore, on loan from Spurs, who responded: “Apologies mate will sort camera no problem, and donate same amount to justgiving.com/huddlefro.”
Hull team-mate Tom Huddlestone is raising money for Cancer Research UK by refusing to have his hair cut until he next scores a goal.