The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CHARL­TON Ath­letic have risked fan­ning the flames by ac­cus­ing sup­port­ers of want­ing the club to lose matches.

Ad­dicks fans have protested vo­cif­er­ously against Bel­gian owner Roland Duchatelet and the board’s run­ning of the club be­fore and af­ter re­cent home matches at the Val­ley.

A mock fu­neral was staged ahead of last Sun­day’s 2-0 win over Mid­dles­brough, which was briefly halted af­ter fans threw beach balls on the pitch.

In a state­ment, Charl­ton ques­tioned the mo­tives.

“Last Sun­day, some in­di­vid­u­als did not come to The Val­ley to watch the game and sup­port the team, but to cre­ate dis­or­der and in­ter­fere with the play­ers and the game,” the state­ment read.

“Dis­or­der which is, al­legedly, needed to drive a change in own­er­ship and man­age­ment.

“Who would they ex­pect the club to be sold to? Is it eas­ier to sell the club when it is in League One rather than Cham­pi­onship?

“Some seem to want the club to fail. Fol­low­ing this logic leads to ex­actly the op­po­site of what we all want: stay­ing in the Cham­pi­onship.”

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