Protests resume on Saturday
With an under-strength and under-prepared squad, a senior player abusing supporters, and an embarrassing cup exit to lower-league opposition, the football season is well and truly back for long-suffering fans of Charlton Athletic - and, this weekend, so are the matchday protests.
Earlier this summer, the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) pledged not to disrupt any of the team’s matches in August.
The decision was taken to allow new manager Russell Slade the opportunity to prepare his team for League One without any distractions on the pitch. After all, he already has enough on his plate battling the club’s owner and chief executive for the resources to construct a squad capable of gaining promotion, as Katrien Meire promised supporters.
However, CARD also promised that the protests against the regime would continue off the pitch, and the first of these will take place prior to Saturday’s match against Northampton Town.
We’re urging supporters to congregate under the Charlton badge outside the north stand from 1.30pm, and to follow the directions given.
A CARD spokesperson said: “While early results this season have been extremely disappointing, to put it mildly, our protests are not about results but the systematic dismantling of a club that was previously recognised throughout the football world as a family and community club. All that is now in disarray.
"Even the official Cheltenham Town programme for Tuesday night’s latest horrific defeat was scathing in its criticism of how Duchatalet and Meire are running our club.
"Unlike the dishonest club regime, we honour our public pledges, so we will not be interfering with Saturday’s game. But there are many more ways we can protest, and we’d welcome as many supporters as possible to join us in making our points to those destroying our club.”
CARD has already begun to hijack a free-ticket offer issued by the club’s management for the first game, as the regime attempts to boost an attendance crippled by a 45 per cent reduction in the number of Valley season-ticket holders in late July.
With the club having decided to charge fans who buy their seat in the two hours leading up to kick-off an extra £3, CARD has proposed a way for supporters who want to watch the Northampton game to do so without lining Roland Duchatelet’s pockets. Beat the 1pm ticket fee by following our four-step plan.