Club refunds fans after pitiful game

COTTBUS, Germany - Energie Cottbus' players will reimburse the entrance fee of their 600 fans who made the trip to Gelsenkirchen to watch their team lose 4-0 at Schalke 04, the Bundesliga club said on Saturday.

COTTBUS, Germany - Energie Cottbus' players will reimburse the entrance fee of their 600 fans who made the trip to Gelsenkirchen to watch their team lose 4-0 at Schalke 04, the Bundesliga club said on Saturday.

"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," said the club.

Roughly 600 fans travelled some 610 kilometers from Cottbus, near the Poland border, to Gelsenkirchen on Friday night to see their team suffer their sixth defeat in seven league games.

Cottbus are second from bottom on the table and are in danger of relegation.

"We lost at Schalke, but we were very timid against our opponents," said Cottbus manager Steffen Heidrich. - Sapa-AFP

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