Sunderland fans to get refund for 8-0 defeat


SUNDERLAND supporters who travelled to watch their side defeated 8-0 at Southampton on Saturday have been offered a ticket refund by the players.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone had suggested the players should reimburse the fans.

“We wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing,” said Black Cats captain John O’Shea.

About £60 000 will be offered to the 2 500 fans, with any unclaimed money donated to a children’s hospice.

Grace House, a Sunderland-based charity, will benefit from refunds not claimed by November 5.

Manager Gus Poyet said the Black Cats’ heaviest Premier League loss was his “most embarrassing” moment in football.

Sunderland scored two own goals, which included a calamitous 18-yard volley from Argentine Santiago Vergini.

The defeat was Sunderland’s biggest in 32 years and the Saints’ biggest win in the Premier League

— BBC Sport