Sunderland players offer fans a refund after 8-0 Southampton thrashing

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) and Adam Johnson wait to restart after another Southampton goal
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) and Adam Johnson wait to restart after another Southampton goal

SUNDERLAND’S players have offered to refund supporters the cost of their match tickets or support a charity after Saturday’s demoralising defeat to Southampton.

Fans who do not wish to claim a personal refund after their trip to the south coast will have the cost of their ticket donated to Sunderland-based respite charity Grace House, which helps children and young people across the North East.

Speaking on behalf of the squad, Sunderland AFC’s 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.”

Anyone wishing to claim a refund should contact the club before 5pm on Wednesday November 5.

Supporters are being asked to return their match ticket either in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office or by post to: SAFC (Refunds), PO Box 165, Sunderland, SR5 1WF. Supporters must enclose name and address details, along with their customer number.

After the November 5deadline, the outstanding money not claimed by supporters will be given to Grace House.