Football Club Pays Back Fans For "Pitiful" Performance

Daniel GoochAnalyst IApril 19, 2009

COTTBUS, GERMANY - APRIL 26:  Coach Bojan Prasnikar of Cottbus looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Energie Cottbus and FC Hansa Rostock at the Stadion der Freundschaft on April 26, 2008 in Cottbus, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Energie Cottbus' players will reimburse the ticket price of their 600 fans who made the long trip to Gelsenkirchen, North West Germany, to watch their team lose 4-0 at Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga club last weekend.

It was their sixth defeat in seven league games.

Hundreds of fans travelled 610 kilometres (380 miles) from Cottbus in the eastern part of Germany near the Polish border to the other side of the country.

Cottbus are second from bottom the the German league, the Bundesliga. They are in serious danger of being relegated this season. If they perform the way have been doing, relegation will be the probable outcome.

"By refunding the cost of admission for their supporters, the red and whites would like to apologise for the pitiful performance which they displayed at the Veltins Arena." This was written in a press release by the club entitled "Sorry".

Their next game is going to be a tough one, against first placed VfL Wolfsburg.