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Southampton players, coaches donate wages from blowout

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium on October 25, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

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Southampton players and coaches have collectively decided to donate their gameday wages from the 9-0 demolition at the hands of Leicester City to charity, the club announced.

“The squad has been in at Staplewood Campus throughout the weekend, working on putting things right for the club’s supporters,” the club said in a statement issued Friday. “As the first step towards that, the group has decided that they wish to donate their wages from the day of the Leicester game to Saints Foundation, in order to help the vital work that is conducted by the charity.”

Leicester City pummeled Southampton over the weekend in a game that set the record for largest away win in Premier League history. They have just two league wins this season and sit 18th in the table.

The Saints Foundation is the club’s charitable organization that looks to use resources to do work in the Southampton community. “We use the power and passion of the club to transform lives in and around Southampton, helping people fulfil their potential to be more involved, healthier and empowered members of the community,” says the charity’s website.

The club hopes this one final gesture will wholly put the game in the rear view mirror and allow them to move on with the Premier League season. “After this, no more talking from us, no more messages,” said manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. “The time for that is over. Our only focus is working towards Manchester City. This is where we must direct our entire energy, and this is what we owe our fans.”

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