Charlton fans do themselves proud

Biggest show of defiance yet from Charlton Athletic fans as they call for removal of board

Thousands of Charlton fans gathered outside The Valley on Saturday 2 January to protest against Belgian owner Rolan Duchatelet. Charlton are still yet to appoint a permanent successor to Guy Luzon, who was axed in October, with Karel Fraeye continuing as interim boss on an indefinite basis.

The sorry state of Charlton, allied with the sale of the club’s best players without signing satisfactory replacements, has led many to grow tired of life under Duchâtelet, who completed his takeover at The Valley two years ago tomorrow.

Charlton Athletic fans continued their show of anger at the way the club is being run by protesting before and after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest. Supporters gathered before the match in front of the main reception to demand that owner Roland Duchatelet sell the Addicks.

And there were also chants in support of former chief executive Peter Varney, who recently revealed that he had been trying to set up a meeting since August to discuss an investor buying the ailing South London outfit.

And a large section of supporters gathered again in the same area after the Championship game – the biggest show of defiance since demonstrations began.

“Back the players, not the regime,” was one chant sung both inside and outside The Valley.

Once again their ire was directed at Duchatelet and Meire – but also non-executive chairman Richard Murray, who is also on the board of directors. Duchatelet, who has attended only a handful of matches since buying the club, was also the subject of fans protest at Standard Liege, which he has since sold.

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