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'Embarrassed' Wigan players to refund fans

November 24, 2009 14:14 IST

Wigan Athletic's players have agreed to refund the club's travelling fans after Sunday's humiliating 9-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

"As a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed ... and this is something we feel we owe the fans," captain Mario Melchiot told the club's website ( on Monday.

Wigan, 15th in the Premier League, conceded eight second-half goals at White Hart Lane including five by England striker Jermain Defoe.

No major injury worries for Portsmouth keeper James

Portsmouth's England goalkeeper David James has played down the latest injury he suffered in the warm-up for Sunday's Premier League game at Stoke City.

"I had a scan this morning and it's just a minor tear, so in some respects I'm happy. We thought it could be worse," the 39-year-old told Talksport radio on Monday.

James has not started a game for his country since April, and needs to prove his fitness to England coach Capello before next year's World Cup in South Africa.

Capello said this month he would only consider players who are fit and playing regularly for inclusion in his squad, adding he thought James had a "problem" with his fitness despite showing good form.

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