Wigan players to compensate supporters

Wigan Athletic’s players are to pay over £15,000 in compensation to their fans who travelled to White Hart Lane for Sunday’s 9-1 mauling against Tottenham.

Speaking to the club’s official website, club captain Mario Melchiot said the players disappointed with the performance and felt they had let the fans down.

“We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters,” said  Melchiot.

“This is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their loyalty.

“There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this (the refund) is something we feel we owe to the fans.”

According to the BBC, Wigan were given 565 tickets for the match at White Hart Lane, priced at £27.40 for adults, with discounts for over-65s and under-16s.

Those who bought tickets for the game from the DW Stadium can contact the ticket office for more information.

Refunds must be claimed on or before Friday 4th December 2009.

The defeat was the second largest in Premiership history after Manchester United’s 9-0 drubbing of Ipswich Town in 1995.

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