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Wigan players to refund ticket price after Spurs defeat

Wigan Athletic's players have offered to refund the ticket price to the 500 away fans who witnessed the Lactics 9-1 drubbing at White Hart Lane yesterday afternoon.

The defeat was Wigan's worst ever result in the club's 31-year history, a match which saw Spurs equal the Premier League record for the amount of goals scored in a single game. Jermain Defoe's five goals saw him join Andy Cole and Alan Shearer as players who have bagged a quintet in 90 minutes.

'The club have announced that the players of Wigan Athletic have decided to personally refund every Latics fan who bought a ticket from the DW Stadium ticket office for the match against Tottenham Hotspur,' an official statement reads.

Club captain, Mario Melchiot, made it clear that Wigan's fans tain, Mario Melchiot, insisted that the team will be able to respond to the defeat, but said the fans 'must not be taken 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.'

'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. Now we have to draw a line under the game, focus completely on training this week and bounce back on Saturday.'

Melchiot continued: 'We are professionals, we will take it on the chin and move on but it's important that we do not take our supporters for granted.'

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