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Wigan refund tickets after thrashing

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe scores his fourth in the 9-1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic.
Tottenham's Jermain Defoe scores his fourth in the 9-1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wigan Athletic players offer to refund tickets for fans who watched their 9-1 defeat to Spurs
  • 565 fans travelled down to London to witness the second worse defeat in Premier League history
  • "This is something we feel we owe to the fans", says Wigan captain Mario Melchiot
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(CNN) -- Premier League side Wigan Athletic have offered to refund tickets paid for by supporters who travelled to their 9-1 thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur.

Around 565 fans made the trip down to London as Wigan were on the receiving end of the second worst defeat in Premier League history on Sunday.

Wigan supporters were charged $45.78 per adult ticket with concessions and under-16s paying $29.36 and $24.39 respectively.

Club captain and Dutch international Mario Melchiot told Wigan's official Web site that the players had a duty to repay the fans who made the trip, adding they should not take them for granted.

"We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters yesterday, and this is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their tremendous loyalty," said Melchiot.

Melchiot admits the team's pride has been hit by the defeat which saw England striker Jermain Defoe grab five goals.

"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 is something we feel we owe to the fans."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said the gesture was important in showing the club were still focused and together despite the defeat.

"It was a difficult moment in the changing room straight after the game, the the players desperately want another game to give a reaction," said Martinez.

"In the meantime they wanted to do something to repay the fans who had travelled to see them and I think it was a good gesture that once more shows through any disappointment we need to be together as a football club."