Tottenham players are offering ticket refunds for fans who traveled to Newcastle for the 6-1 defeat
Tottenham Hotspur fans who had traveled to see the club’s game against Newcastle United at St James Park were quickly disappointed as Tottenham conceded five goals in the opening 21 minutes on Sunday. The game ended in a 6-1 loss – a loss so bad that players offered to compensate fans as consolation on Tuesday.
“As a team, we understand your frustration, your anger. It wasn’t good enough. We know words aren’t enough in situations like this, but believe us, a loss like this hurts,” the players said in a statement released via Tottenham’s social media.
“We appreciate your support both home and away and with that in mind we would like to reimburse fans for their tickets to the game at St James’ Park.”
The detrimental defeat came amid the club’s struggle to keep its chances of qualifying for the Champions League alive at an already turbulent time.
Tottenham parted ways with manager Antonio Conte by mutual consent in March after just 76 games. The decision came eight days after Conte called Tottenham players “selfish” who “don’t want to help each other and don’t put their hearts into the game” after Spurs’ 3-3 draw with Southampton on March 18.
Cristian Stellini, who was set to take Conte’s place for the remainder of the season, was sacked on Monday – a day after losing to Newcastle. After Stellini managed just one win in four games, Ryan Mason was blamed.
Following the apology and the refund offer, Tottenham introduced a new supporters’ council organized to increase fan engagement and encourage fan-centred decision-making.
The board will be made up of elected members who will address issues such as “strategic vision and goals” as well as matchday issues and stadium plans.
“We know this doesn’t change what happened on Sunday and we will do everything we can to make things right, starting Thursday night against Manchester United when your support means everything to us again. Together – and only together – can we move things forward.”
Spurs are fifth in the Premier League and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United after playing two more games. They host United on Thursday, with Mason taking over his interim role as manager.