Tottenham Hotspur’s first-team squad has apologized and decided to refund supporters who travelled to watch their humiliating 6-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday. Following a dreadful display at St James’ Park, Spurs interim coach Cristian Stellini was sacked after his team went down 5-0 in just 21 minutes before Harry Kane struck a second-half consolation goal and substitute Callum Wilson added a sixth for the home side.
Acknowledging the frustration and anger of the 3,000 supporters who made the long trip to Tyneside, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris apologized on behalf of the players in a statement. The players, in turn, decided to cover the cost of the match tickets. The statement read, “Sunday wasn’t good enough. We know words aren’t enough in situations like this but believe us, a defeat like this hurts. We appreciate your support, home and away, and with this in mind, we would like to reimburse fans with the cost of their match tickets from St James’ Park.”
The club added that supporters affected should allow 24 hours for the refund to be processed, with the money returning to their accounts within the next seven days. The move comes a day after chairman Daniel Levy branded the performance as “wholly unacceptable” and revealed he met with senior players to try to regroup ahead of the run-in.
Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, having played two games more. They face United at home on Thursday with interim boss Ryan Mason set to take charge. The players hope to put things right and move forward with the support of their fans as they strive to improve their league position.
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