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CARD: Duchatelet under Embassy spotlight

A senior official at the Belgium Embassy will raise concerns about the activities of Charlton owner Roland Duchâtelet with the Belgian government and public officials.
Counsellor Alain Leroy, who reports directly to the Belgian Consul General in the UK, hosted a delegation from the Coalition Against Roland Duchâtelet (CARD) on Wednesday, April 17th at the embassy in Belgravia.
He listened closely as the CARD representatives outlined how the actions of his countryman were harming the club, its supporters and its wider community, as well as attracting widespread ridicule in the media and across the football industry.
A CARD spokesperson said: “We were impressed that Mr Leroy was so well informed, which shows how much attention Duchâtelet’s actions have generated beyond the football world.
“He had a good knowledge of the situation at Charlton, particularly with regards to the issue of the unpaid staff bonuses and Duchâtelet’s recent bewildering rant demanding that the EFL buy the club from him.”
With Lee Bowyer’s team having already reached the League One play-offs this season, CARD emphasised that the continuing opposition to Duchâtelet was not related to results, or Duchâtelet’s nationality.
Among the issues highlighted were the possibility of further protests against Duchâtelet in Belgium if he fails to deliver on his commitment to sell the club, announced 15 months ago, and that these protests were unlikely to be restricted to St Truiden.
The representatives also assured Mr Leroy that the coalition had had nothing to do with the graffitiing of premises linked to Duchâtelet earlier this year, and no knowledge of who was responsible, but explained how it would not be a surprise if other groups took an increasingly militant approach should Duchâtelet remain at Charlton.
Although the Belgium Embassy is unable to interfere in private matters, Leroy noted the concerns expressed to him and pledged to report back to the relevant authorities in Belgium, which include government officials, the regional authorities and the police.
A CARD spokesperson added: “No one is in any doubt that Duchâtelet needs to go, including Duchâtelet himself, but it’s almost a year-and-a-half since he said he was selling up and he is still there despite numerous interested parties. It’s high time he set a realistic price and sold the club, which would be a relief to everyone concerned.”


  • ooooo i smell another Duchatelet rant incoming :-)
    Magnificent stuff @CARD.  
  • Good effort ----- the Ego won't like that
  • Great work
     Thank you. 
  • Great work. Hopefully it will prompt another crazed rant
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  • Nice work and thank you to everyone involved. Roland OUT
  • Blucher said:
    Great work. Hopefully it will prompt another crazed rant
    Nailed on....
  • Well done CARD. 
  • Excellent work. Creative thinking by Card. Well done and let's wait for the next rant from RD as he doesn't like it being taken to Belgium! 
  • It's the only way to really get to him. He doesn't care about anything that happens outside of Belgium. Well done.

    Standby for the next illiterate OS statement {...}
  • It’s a double thumbs up from me ... Jim White’s phone is going to be ringing red hot soon, I reckon 
  • well done CARD. Would a protest outside the Embassy help focus their minds on putting pressure on Roland?
  • Absolutely quality stuff by CARD, can’t wait for Roland’s response because we all know it’s coming. Well done .
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  • Good to see we are still chipping away at Duchatelet. This will spoil his lunch. Every little helps. Well done Davo for managing to get in there and get the message across so diplomatically.
  • Fantastic work 
  • We do know that he has previous for making gut reactions so it is best to try provoking somebody like him into making the one we all want. It could force him to just get rid. I know some might say it could also provoke a reaction that damages the club, but him being there is doing that anyway. 
  • well done CARD
  • Well done to CARD , we sit and wait for Roland's response..... huh !
  • Great timing CARD - thank you.
  • Not CARD's biggest fans but credit where it's due, superb work. 
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