Tottenham Hotspur players will refund the cost of their match ticket to fans who traveled to Sunday’s 6-1 loss to Newcastle United.
Spurs conceded five goals in the first 21 minutes of a Premier League thrashing that spelled the end for caretaker manager Cristian Stellini.
Stellini and club captain Hugo Lloris have apologized to Tottenham supporters for their “shameful” performance, as the Italian was sacked on Monday before this week’s game against Manchester United.
Tottenham’s decision to sack Stellini and put Ryan Mason in charge until the end of the season deepened the crisis at the club, with Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy holding talks with veteran players after the loss “totally unacceptable” and “devastating”.
The first-team squad are now offering a full refund for away fans at St James’ Park and a message from the Tottenham players read: “We understand your frustration, your anger. It wasn’t good enough. We know that words are not enough in situations like this, but believe us, a loss like this hurts.
“We appreciate your support, home and away, and with this in mind, we would like to reimburse fans for their tickets to the game at St James’ Park.
“We know this doesn’t change what happened on Sunday and we will give our all to put things right against Manchester United on Thursday night when, again, your support will mean the world to us.
“Together, and only together, we can make things happen.”
Sunderland players refunded fans after an 8-0 loss to Southampton in 2014, while in 2019 Southampton players donated their salaries to the club’s charity following a 9-0 home defeat to Leicester .
Tottenham host Manchester United on Thursday looking to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat.
“Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was totally unacceptable,” Levy said on Monday. “It was devastating to watch. We can see many reasons why it happened and although I, the board, the coaches and the players must take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.”