Kevin Phillips praised Sunderland for agreeing to refund season ticket holders for games they can no longer attend after League One was curtailed.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 2000 European Golden shoe winner highlighted the importance of looking after supporters despite the difficult financial circumstances.
The club changed their initial position and will offer refunds to season ticket holders for the games that they will not be able to attend as a result of League One’s vote on Tuesday.
The EFL announced on Tuesday that the third-tier of English football would not resume like the Premier League and Championship despite the wishes of several clubs, including the Black Cats.
Phillips insisted clubs will recover despite the Daily Mail report that revealed EFL clubs will pay out £21million in refunds to supporters.
“It is a great reward for the fans,” he told Football Insider.
“The EFL clubs are going to lose £21million from having to refund but ultimately these are the people that bring huge resources and funds into the football clubs. They will recover, the clubs.
“To give them something to hang onto in these desperate times is great.
“It is difficult times but we do not want to annoy the supporters. We want them back in the stadiums as soon as we can. They are football and that is what makes it so special.
“A great gesture from Sunderland.”
Chief executive, Jim Rodwell, told the club’s website that refunds will also be issued to anyone who has purchased a 2020/21 season ticket.
The statement read: “As a club, it more important than ever that we listen to supporters and work with you.
‘We will continue to work closely with our supporter groups to clarify any outstanding questions, and I hope to see you all at the Stadium of Light very soon.
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