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Southampton show refreshing generosity to incredibly unlucky fan on deadline day

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Saphir Taider

Saphir Taider

It is a common gripe among football fans; buy your replica kit and adorn it with the name of your favourite player only for said favourite player to move on.

The decision to get a player’s name on the back of a replica kit obviously has its risks and particularly before the transfer window has closed.

However, spare a thought for Twitter user @JBridle2, whose heart must have sank when news broke that Southampton had elected to send loanee Saphir Taider back to Inter after he failed to settle on the south coast.

For the Southampton fan had elected to get Taider’s name on the back of his shirt after he signed on a season-long loan deal earlier in the window – an almost fool proof way to ensure that his shirt remained ‘in date’ for the coming season.

Presumably exasperated, the Saints fan tweeted a picture of his misfortune to the club’s official Twitter account, as can be seen below.

Credit to Southampton, though, not only did they acknowledge the tweet but they also promised the fan that they would replace the offending kit.

This strikes Early Doors as a very refreshing story in an era when it seems that fans are often treated in a shoddy manner by the clubs, so, ED commends Southampton.

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