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Sunderland fans have two weeks to claim cash after historic defeat

Sunderland fans who saw their side lose 8-0 at Southampton have been given two weeks to claim back their costs.

The club says claims should be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 5th November. Fans can either take their match tickets to the Stadium of Light or post them.

Any money not claimed before the deadline will be given to the local children's charity Grace House.

You can see more details on how to get your money here.

Children's charity "overwhelmed" by Sunderland's generosity after 8-0 defeat

Sunderland's charity donation comes after their worst defeat in 32 years. Credit: PA

Sunderland have said they will make a donation to a local children's charity after suffering their worst defeat for 32 years.

Grace House is a Sunderland-based hospice that provides care for children from across the North East with life-shortening conditions.

Sunderland lost 8-0 away to Southampton last Saturday (18 October). They announced this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October) that they would reimburse the travel and ticket costs of the 2,500 fans that made the 700-mile round trip.

However, the club added that any fans who do not want the personal refund will have their share donated to Grace House.

The charity's chairman, David Cook, said in a statement that he was "overwhelmed".

I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Sunderland Football Club and their supporters, this is an amazing gesture towards Grace House and children in our region with life-limiting conditions.”

– David Cook, Chairman, Grace House

Sunderland skipper wants to "acknowledge" fans

Making amends: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea thinks it is right that fans should be paid back. Credit: PA

The Sunderland captain John O'Shea has said he wants to "acknowledge" the fans who made the 700-mile round trip to see their team lose 8-0 at Southampton.

It was announced this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October) that those the 2,500 fans who made the journey would have their costs reimbursed.

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.”

– John O'Shea, Sunderland captain


Sunderland fans offered refund after 8-0 defeat

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Dedicated Sunderland fans who travelled to Southampton to watch their team lose 8-0 have been offered a refund.

The idea was initially suggested by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

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."

Details of how to claim a refund are on the club's website.

Barry Sweeney: Majority of SAFC fans have been great

The father of one of the two Newcastle fans killed on flight MH17 has told ITV News Tyne Tees that he doesn't want the actions of a small minority of Sunderland fans to spoil the relationship his family has with the club.

Liam Sweeney and John Alder died in July when the plane they were travelling on was shot down over Ukraine.

At the time, Newcastle and Sunderland fans put aside their rivalry to unite in grief, with SAFC supporters fundraising thousands of pounds.

A 19-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for mocking the deaths of the Newcastle supporters following Sunderland's 8-0 defeat.

I don't want the actions of a small minority to tarnish the relationship that this family has with the majority of Sunderland fans who have been great to us since Liam's death.

– Barry Sweeney

SAFC first team could refund fans with two days' pay

It would cost Sunderland players less than two days' pay to reimburse supporters who watched the dismal 8-0 defeat at Southampton.

According to A Love Supreme fanzine, it would have cost fans an average of £75 per head. 2,800 fans made the journey so the total expenditure there is £210,000. The average Premier League footballer earns £31,000 a week according to ESPN. Sunderland AFC's first team squad is made up of 26 players and so collectively they, in theory, make £806,000 a week. To pay the fans back the players would have to give up £8,076 each which is less than two days pay.

Mannone says he is urging team-mates to reimburse fans - but should fans receive a refund?

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