Sunderland players to give fans a refund for 8-0 loss at Southampton

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle
(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

On the suggestion of goalkeeper Vito Mannone, Sunderland players will offer fans who traveled to Southampton only to witness their team lose 8-0 will be offered a ticket refund. And any of the earmarked money that isn't claimed by supporters will go to charity. 

From the BBC:

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"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 5 November.

Though it's certainly a nice gesture all around, it really shouldn't be necessary for the players to do this. Their donations to Southampton in the form of two own goals was charity enough for one match. If anything, Southampton should be paying for the Sunderland players and fans to come back as soon as possible.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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