from Sunderland AFC [dot] com
Travelling supporters who attended defeat at Southampton offered ticket refunds.
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.
Fans who do not wish to claim a personal refund will have the cost of their ticket donated to Sunderland-based children’s charity Grace House, which provides respite services for children and young people throughout the North East region, who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure.
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.”
Anyone wishing to claim a refund should contact the club before 5pm on Wednesday 5th November. Supporters are kindly asked to return their match ticket either in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office or by post: SAFC (Refunds), PO Box 165, Sunderland, SR5 1WF. Supporters must enclose name and address details, along with their customer number.
After the November 5 deadline, the outstanding money not claimed by supporters will be given to Grace House.
* Its being reported that over 2,500 fans travelled and attended the game so math suggest that the players are dropping about £60,000 in this refund giving each ticket holder £24 for the ticket cost.
Gotta say that this is pretty damn good. Sucks that the team got blasted, but at least there is some accountability felt by the players here. I’ve always been a skeptic with athletes, sometimes feeling that they dont care as much as fans do – even though I know they do – but sometimes it feels good to get some reassurance.
The guys had a really bad day, and I’m sure they feel worse than anybody. It will be interesting to see exactly how many supporters actually try and get a refund.
I like to give athletes the benefit of the doubt some times when they have bad games because lets be honest, sport although something that we as fans look at like the greatest gig in the world, on a professional level, is their job.
I’ve had a bad day or two at work. We all have. There have been times that I’ve just not wanted to be here because its 76* in SoCal and I have friends posting pictures from the beach on instagram and I’m sitting in a cube under bad lighting looking at spreadsheets on two different monitors…. #truth.
Athletes have bad days too. Rare that they all have a bad day at the same time though. But this statement from keeper Vito Mannone keeps it all the way 100:
“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.”
He was the guy who sparked the idea of paying the fans back for it. I like this Vito guy, he gets it.
Sunderland players to refund fans £24 ticket cost after 8-0 thrashing at Southampton – Independent.
* By the way, just as a side note, this is another one of those things that I chalk up to ‘soccer players are different’ . I was having a conversation this morning with someone at work about this very thing. He happened to be at the Galaxy v. Sounders game over the weekend and he bid on one of the game worn jerseys. He won the bid. But what happened after that was interesting.
All of the folks that bid on all of the team jerseys, were escorted down to the field, where each player signed the jersey on the pitch, then took pictures with the people who bought the jersey. He was shocked by this (and giddy) because his guy even said, “give me your phone” and then proceeded to take selfies with it.
I look at that and I think the same thing that Beans and I always talk about with MLS and Soccer in America. We’re in an interesting place with the game. The league gets it. The players get it. The supporters get it. MLS does an incredible job of giving thanks and love to the supporters. Not that the other sports leagues don’t, but I think its magnified in soccer.