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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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Arrest over plane tragedy tweets after SAFC defeat

A Sunderland fan faced a backlash on Twitter after mocking the Newcastle United supporters who died on Malaysian flight MH17. After Sunderland lost 8-0 at Southampton on Saturday, a Twitter user posted disrespectful tweets, one of which said, ''We might be getting beat 8-0, but at least our fans never got butchered in Ukraine.''

A tweet showing cartoon images of planes and explosions was also posted via the social media website.

Newcastle fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were travelling to see their team play in New Zealand, when their flight was shot down over Ukraine in July. Newcastle and Sunderland fans put aside their rivalry to unite in a time of grief.

Twitter-users condemned the comments. Anonymous True Fan wrote: ''You do not represent SAFC at all. Shame on you on such comments. Despite the rivalry, mutual respect is given.''

A Northumbria police spokesman said that a 19 year old man was arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication, and has been bailed pending further inquiries.'


Mannone urges team-mates to reimburse fans

It was a frustrating afternoon for Sunderland fans Credit: PA

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has urged his team-mates to reimburse travelling supporters who paid to watch the Black Cats' 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,"

"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."

– Vito Mannone

Premier League match report: Southampton 8-0 Sunderland

Pelle tucks away Southmapton's second goal. Credit: PA

Ronald Koeman well and truly disproved the manager of the month hoodoo as his Southampton side decimated a woeful Sunderland outfit 8-0.

There is a longheld theory that the boss who collects the monthly accolade slips to defeat in the next game but Saints returned to winning ways with their biggest ever Barclays Premier League win as Graziano Pelle scored twice to seal a memorable week on a personal level.

A goal in either half saw Pelle move onto six Barclays Premier League goals for the season and add to his match-winning Italy debut and player of the month award.

The former Feyenoord striker would have been proud of Vergini's own goal, which opened the floodgates as Southampton inflicted a damaging defeat on Gus Poyet's side.

Sunderland had started the game brightly as they looked to build on their maiden league win against Stoke before the international break but Vergini scored a clinical own goal from the edge of his box to set Southampton on their way to a stunning victory.

Pelle then scored with a tap-in with Jack Cork, brought into midfield in place of Victor Wanyama, killing the game off before the break.

Sunderland then shipped four goals in 16 second-half minutes as a another own goal, courtesy of Liam Bridcutt, was added to by Pelle's second and efforts from Dusan Tadic and Wanyama.

Sadio Mane had been rested following international exertions but came on to add the eighth late on, leaving some Sunderland fans in tears.

Jack Cork made it 4-0. Credit: PA

Saints may boast the player of the month in Italian striker Pelle but they also have the best defence in English football having conceded a measly five league goals this season.

Sunderland's defence is not as watertight and it starting leaking goals after just 11 minutes as Morgan Schneiderlin eased past Wes Brown, with the ball falling to the edge of the Sunderland box, where Argentina international Vergini thrashed the ball into the corner of his own goal with deadly accuracy.

It did not take the hosts long to double their lead as Steve Davis was released down the left and crossed for Pelle to tap home from close range to continue his impressive form.

Shellshocked Sunderland looked like they might peg their hosts back immediately but goalkeeper Fraser Forster was equal to a well-struck Sebastian Larsson free-kick.

Poyet was left angered when his side were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty as Forster cleaned out Steven Fletcher after the Scotland forward had latched onto Lee Cattermole's through ball - but referee Andre Marriner simply signalled for a goal-kick.

The Uruguayan's mood was not helped as Southampton added their third from the very next attack. Tadic crossed from the left and picked out an unmarked Cork, who got enough on his shot to force it past Vito Mannone.

Pelle should have done better with a chance on the stroke of half-time but cut his effort well wide of goal as Saints continued to dominate.

Southampton came close to extending their lead early in the second half as Shane Long squared to Tadic inside the box, but the Serbia winger saw his shot cleared off the line by Patrick van Aanholt.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Gus. Credit: PA
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Newcastle kick-off set to be delayed over 'loose scoreboard'

Newcastle United's match against Leicester City is facing delays amid reports the electronic scoreboard at the stadium is moving in the wind.

Newcastle said there was an issue with the new giant screen at St James Park. Credit: PA Wire

Witnesses reported seeing the scoreboard "flapping in the wind" at St James' Park.

The club tweeted that fans should expect a delay getting through turnstiles while an "issue with the new LED screen is addressed".

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