Tottenham Hotspur’s first team will reimburse fans who traveled to see them lose 6-1 to Newcastle United on Sunday, the club announced in a statement.
After Spurs’ appalling performance at St James’ Park, when they lost 5-0 in just 21 minutes until Harry Kane scored a late consolation goal and substitute Callum Wilson added a sixth for the home team, interim coach Cristian Stellini was fired.
Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper, apologized to the 3,000 fans who traveled so far to Tyneside, and the players have decided to pay for the match tickets.
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In a statement, the players said, “As a squad, we understand your frustration, your anger.”
Sunday wasn’t up to par. Even while we are aware that in these circumstances, words fall short, realize that a setback like this stings.
We value your support, both at home and away, and as a result, we would want to pay back supporters for the price of their match tickets from St. James’ Park.
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And we understand that what happened on Sunday is unaffected by this, and we will do everything in our power to make things right, starting against Manchester United on Thursday night, when, once again, your support will mean the world to us. We can only advance the situation by working together.
The impacted supporters should give the refund processing 24 hours, the club noted, and the money should then return to their accounts within the following week.
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The action was taken a day after chairman Daniel Levy referred to the performance as “wholly unacceptable” and disclosed that he had a meeting with key players to try and get everyone together before the match.
We may examine a variety of factors that may have contributed, but ultimately, the blame rests with me, not the board, coaches, or players, according to Levy.
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Despite having played two more games than Manchester United in fourth place, Spurs are still six points down in the Premier League. On Thursday, they host United, and Ryan Mason, an interim manager, will be in charge.