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Mannone urges team-mates to cough up for fans

Mannone and Sunderland shipped eight goals at Southampton. Credit: PA

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has urged his team-mates to reimburse travelling supporters who paid to watch the Black Cats' dismal 8-0 defeat at Southampton.

Manager Gus Poyet described Saturday's shock result as his "most embarrassing" moment in football after overseeing the heaviest Premier League in Sunderland's history.

Former Arsenal stopper, Mannone, doesn't believe supporters who made the 650-mile round trip from Sunderland to Southampton should have to pay for their match tickets or travel costs after witnessing such a humiliating defeat.

"I will talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for their tickets and their trip," he said.

"We should do it because we didn’t put our foot in, we didn’t work hard.

"We started the game well but after we conceded we threw in the towel and I include myself."


Southampton first to add Twitter hashtag to stadium

The #SaintsFC hashtag is embedded to the Chapel Stand at St Mary's Credit: Twitter/@SouthamptonFC

Southampton has claimed to have become the first British football club to permanently display its Twitter hashtag on seats at its stadium.

The #SaintsFC hashtag is on the Chapel Stand at St Mary's.