Charlton Athletic fans have gained access to the stadium and boardroom as part of protests against their club’s ownership.
Charlton Fans Storm Stadium in Ownership Protest
Supporters Protest at One Pound Sale of Club
Images on social media show supporters gathering in the concourse and even in the seated areas. Some have even gained access to the boardroom, displaying an image of a one-pound coin to onlookers below.
Supporters are complaining over the ownership of their club by East Street Investments (ESI).
The Addicks, who were reportedly bought for the one-pound fee by ESI, are in talks with Danish businessman Thomas Sandgaard over a new sale.
Been sent this photo from within the boardroom and given permission to share it. The protesters are currently enjoying wine and cheese during their peaceful occupation #cafc pic.twitter.com/Vn8paf4EAO
— Louis Mendez (@LouisMend) August 22, 2020
ESI took over the London side in January. It was later revealed that the sale was not sanctioned by the EFL; three of their prospective executives had also failed the league’s ownership tests.
The protest, organised by Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust, Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet and Fans4Fans, began shortly after mid-day.
A statement from the organisers, shared on social media by Louis Mendez, said: “The actions you have witnessed today are a direct consequence of the failings of the governance bodies that represent all football clubs throughout the English football pyramid.
“It has become apparent that the current processes and systems in place deemed acceptable to the governing bodies are from acceptable with a large majority of football fans.
“Football fans will no longer stand impassively and allow their beloved clubs to face uncertainties such as administration and potential expulsion from their league.”
— craig short (@crshort79) August 22, 2020
The statement added: “Football only exists because of fans, it has been taken away from us by crooks, cheats and connies.
“It has been officiated and regulated in a way that benefits these types of people.
“This needs to change with immediate effect.”
Charlton Athletic were relegated to League One after being dealt a transfer embargo at the start of the year.