Sunderland players have offered to cover the cost of a refund to fans who purchased tickets to the team's 8-0 away defeat at Southampton, the club announced Tuesday. Fans may also forgo the refund in lieu of donating the cost of their ticket to a local charity.
The loss was Sunderland's fourth 8-0 defeat in club history, the first such defeat since 1982. Two of the eight goals were own goals.
Sunderland goalie Vito Mannone said earlier this week that the players should reimburse fans both for their tickets and travel costs. Southampton is more than a five-hour drive from Sunderland.
"We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans," Sunderland captain John O'Shea said, according to the club's website. "However, we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who traveled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."
Fans have until Nov. 5 to claim their refund. After that date, the cost of any unclaimed tickets will be donated to a local charity.
Sunderland currently sits in 17th place in the Premier League, one place ahead of the relegation zone.
- Dan Gartland