FC Paderborn were in enough trouble as it was.
Languishing in the nether regions of the second division of German football, the club hadn’t won a game in seven matches.
But on a team trip to Turkey, the western German club were exposed to a new scandal, when key player Nick Proschwitz flashed his privates in front of a female member of staff.
The incident happened shortly after midnight in the team’s five-star hotel, Bild reports.
Proschwitz, apparently under the influence of alcohol, pulled down his trousers for roughly 20 seconds in front of a female employee of the company which organized the training camp, the mass market tabloid reports.
The team has now taken tough action against the player, with the president suggesting his career with the second-leaguers is now over.
“Nick Proschwitz doesn’t belong to our squad anymore. I looked into the issue and have taken the necessary action,” club president Wilfried Finke told Bild.
“A player who reveals himself in front of a woman in a foreign country will not be tolerated by us,” he added.
Finke previously told the Neue Westfälsiche Zeitung that he “couldn’t see that player wearing the team’s colours again.”
Proschwitz – who spent three years in England with Hull City and Brentford – defended himself by saying “I didn’t have any pants on under my jogging trousers. One of the lads pulled my trousers down – but that was only for a second or so.”
The woman who allegedly was victim to the flashing also criticized media coverage of the incident on Monday.
“At no point was I sexually harassed,” she told news agency Dpa. “The only thing that has harassed me is the false media reports.”
“We barely noticed the fact that a player came into the room, pulled his trousers down and then immediately left,” she added.
In 19 appearances for FC Paderborn this season the 29-year-old Proschwitz had scored five goals.
The club are managed by legendary ex-Bayern Munich captain Steffen Effenberg. But after he took over early in the season, their fortunes have failed to improve.