The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

FED-UP Charl­ton Athletic fans are hop­ing their protest against owner Roland Duchatelet in Bel­gium last Satur­day will en­cour­age him to sell up.

More than 100 sup­port­ers of a wide age range trav­elled to Bel­gium by coach and they were joined by many dozens of oth­ers who had made their own way from Eng­land by rail and road.

They were then ac­com­pa­nied by a small con­tin­gent of Sint-Truiden fans for the Unity Protest march through the town to Stayen, home of Duchatelet’s Bel­gian club, STVV.

Po­lice es­ti­mated to­tal num­bers at about 300.

The owner was at the stadium but did not show him­self dur­ing the demon­stra­tion.

A Coali­tion Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) spokesper­son said: “The protest in Sint-Truiden went well be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions.

“In ad­di­tion to CARD’s role, we want to ac­knowl­edge the part played in de­liv­er­ing it by the Bel­gium 20 group, as well as Women Against the Regime (WAR).

“It was months in the plan­ning, so it was not just about re­cent re­sults, but three years of hope­less man­age­ment of the club.

“If nec­es­sary we will re­turn to Bel­gium in even larger num­bers in fu­ture, but we would much pre­fer that Duchatelet makes ar­range­ments to sell the club be­fore that hap­pens. We fear for its fu­ture if he remains in con­trol.”

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