By Kevin Phillips

8th Jun, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills points finger at Newcastle after Sunderland U-turn

Danny Mills claimed Sunderland have “better reasons” for refusing to refund season ticket holders than Newcastle United but insisted fans should be given the option regardless.

The former Leeds United and Manchester City right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the League One club are in a more financially precarious position than their neighbours.

Sunderland performed a U-turn on their original decision that meant season ticket holders would not receive a refund for games that are played behind-closed doors.

The club have now confirmed that they will offer refunds in the case of curtailment or the season being completed behind closed doors.

More clarity on the subject will be given on Tuesday when EFL clubs vote on how best to end the season.

The Black Cat’s chief executive, James Rodwell, told the club’s website that refunds will also be issued to anyone who has purchased a 2020/21 season ticket.

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When asked by Football Insider if supporters should be given refunds for fixtures they cannot attend, Mill said: “It would be nice for fans to have the option! It is nice to be given that choice.

“If you get given the choice, a lot of fans will pass on the refund. Not every single fan will take the refund.

“It is strange from both of the clubs. Sunderland have better reasons for taking that path but Newcastle are a Premier League club.”

The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust sent a letter to their club asking if season ticket holders will be refunded for the games that are to be played behind closed doors.

However, the Newcastle are yet to clarify their stance and fans are concerned that this points towards no refunds being issued.

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider he expects new deals at the club from 9 June.