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Last Updated: Tuesday November 24 2009 06:43 GMT

Wigan players to pay fans back for Tottenham defeat

Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland and Spurs striker Jermaine Defoe

Wigan fans who travelled to London to see the team's 9-1 defeat at Spurs on Sunday may get their money back - and the players are handing over the cash.

Wigan captain Mario Melchiot said: "As a group of players we badly let down our supporters."

Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland spent most of his time getting the ball out of the net after Jermaine Defoe scored five.

It's the first time a team has scored nine in the League since Manchester United did it in 1995.

Peter Crouch scoring for Spurs
Peter Crouch scored a header

Melchiot added: "As a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed... and this is something we feel we owe to the fans."

Fans who bought a ticket to watch the match at White Hart Lane will be able to get a refund from the club. The players will cover the cost of the refunds from their wages.

In the game Defoe became only the third player ever to score five goals in one Premier League match.

Wigan are now just three points away from the relegation zone, while Spurs are level on points with rivals Arsenal in third.