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Sunderland offers to refund travelling fans after 8-0 thrashing at Southampton

  • Southampton's Jack Cork, left, scores past Sunderland's Vito Mannone during their English Premier League soccer match at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison, PA Wire)       UNITED KINGDOM OUT   -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

    Southampton's Jack Cork, left, scores past Sunderland's Vito Mannone during their English Premier League soccer match at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • Southampton's Graziano Pelle scores his second goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison, PA Wire)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

    Southampton's Graziano Pelle scores his second goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

Sunderland says its players have offered to refund the ticket of every fan who attended its humiliating 8-0 defeat at Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Captain John O'Shea says on the club website that "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."

More than 2,500 supporters made the 1,000-kilometer round-trip from the north-east of England to the south coast, with tickets costing 24 pounds ($39). Fans who do not take the club up on the offer will have the cost of their ticket donated to a local children's charity.