Southampton players and coaches donate wages to charity after 9-0 embarrassment

Leicester humiliation prompts Saints to try and win back support of fans

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Jamie Vardy of Leicster City celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal with Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez 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 Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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Southampton's players and coaching staff have pledged to donate their wages from the humiliating 9-0 Premier League defeat by Leicester to the club's charitable foundation in an attempt to put things right with their supporters.

Leicester recorded the biggest English top-flight away win by thrashing 10-man Southampton at St Mary's, with hat-tricks from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy helping to inflict Saints' worst home defeat in their 133-year history.

"The squad has been working on putting things right for the club's supporters," Southampton said in a statement.

"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."

The players will be looking to make further amends in the upcoming double-header against Manchester City, who they face first in the League Cup on Tuesday and then in the Premier League on Saturday.

Saints' Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuettl said his team would not stay up this season unless they found a way to improve.

"We must know that when we play like this, we have no chance to stay in this league, that is for sure. Everybody knows this. It's about us now, to try and find a way to do better than this," he said.