Procession will take place before Middlesbrough match
12 March ~ Charlton Athletic fans will stage a mock funeral procession before their match against Middlesbrough tomorrow, in protest at the way the club is being run by owner Roland Duchatelet and chief executive Katrien Meire. Fans from the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) will carry a coffin to The Valley 45 minutes before kick-off to symbolise the buried hopes and dreams of the club, and are inviting fans to line the route to pay their respects.
A CARD spokesman said: “This is not just about the team’s prospects, although they look very grim. It is a measure of the damage being done to Charlton by Duchatelet and Meire, which is unlikely to end with relegation. They are destroying decades of work to build up our club in the name of a soulless experiment conducted by remote control from Belgium. This is not the Charlton Athletic that had been a vital part of so many people’s lives for decades.”
Photo by Simon Gill/WSC photography: Dark clouds over The Valley, home to Charlton Athletic