Fans compensated for thrashing

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Premier League footballers have agreed to pay out more than £60,000 to fans who travelled over 300 miles only to see them lose 8-0.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone suggested fans should be reimbursed after their horror show at Southampton on Saturday.

The drubbing included two own goals and some appalling defending, despite them being cheered on by 2,500 fans who had travelled from Wearside.

They will now be able to reclaim the £24 ticket price from a pot put up by the Sunderland players.

Cash from those who do not claim the money back will be donated to the Grace House local children’s hospice.

Captain John O’Shea said: “We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans.

“However we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle.”

The 8-0 defeat was the joint worst in the club’s history and one of the heaviest in Premier League history.

Fans have until 5pm on Wednesday, November 5 to submit a claim by returning their match ticket either in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office or by post.

Any funds which are not claimed by the deadline will go to Grace House.

Reaction to the refund was mixed on the Sunderland fans’ Ready To Go forum.

Disco_Pants93 wrote: “Personally think it’s silly, you buy a ticket on the basis you could lose 8-0 or win 8-0, I’d give it to the charity.”

Sproates33 said: “It’s part and parcel of being a fan.

“We had ultimate highs last year at Old Trafford and Wembley that some clubs haven’t had in their lifetime.

“Take the rough with the smooth and let the money you no longer have make a difference to kids who need it.”

Another fan said he would not claim, explaining: “You need your match ticket though, I ripped mine up when the 6th went in.”

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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