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Sunderland offer fans refund after Southampton mauling

Sunderland players have offered a ticket refund to fans who travelled to see Saturday's 8-0 loss to Southampton.

Visiting supporters made more than a 600-mile round trip for the game, with the Black Cats becoming only the sixth side in Premier League history to be beaten by eight goals or more.

"Sunderland's players have today offered to refund supporters the cost of their match tickets, as well as supporting a local charity, following Saturday's defeat to Southampton," an official statement read.

"Fans who do not wish to claim a personal refund will have the cost of their ticket donated to Sunderland-based children's hospice Grace House."

Captain John O'Shea, who recently signed a new contract at the club, expressed his gratitude towards the fans for making the long journey from the north east to the south coast.

"We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans," he said.

"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.

Wigan players refunded travelling fans in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

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