Crewe Alexandra have announced that their players will refund the 153 fans who made the trek to Colchester United last night after they witnessed a 6-0 defeat.
The Railwaymen were 2-0 down after just eight minutes into the game and Colchester went on to dominate after going into the break 3-0 up.
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— Crewe Alexandra F.C. (@crewealexfc) August 21, 2018
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“It was embarrassing and I am not going to dress anything up,” Artell said.
“We were awful and we will sort the fans out. The players will pay out of their own pockets for their match tickets because they deserve great credit for coming down here to support us.
“We will refund them because they do not deserve to pay for that. It isn’t a great gesture, it’s the minimum requirement.
“They will be in tomorrow [Wednesday] morning regardless of what time we get back, 3am whatever. I will be the first at the gate and they cannot be a minute late.
“That performance is unacceptable in every way and if I could have subbed nine of them at half-time I would have.
“Harry Pickering is 19 years old, he has given everything he had and gave it a real good go and has left the pitch upset because he is injured and cannot carry on, that is what it’s about. Some of the others can learn from him.
“It is the worst I’ve ever felt as a manager by a long way.”
Artell’s side smashed six goals past Morecambe on the opening day of the season, but haven’t won a game since.
After David Artell spoke to the media, the idea of refunding fans has sparked a debate on the Crewe Alexandra’s Twitter account. There was plenty of appreciated for what the manager had to say too – you can check out the most reacted tweets on the next page.