So RD and Katrien it would seem have well and truly thrown their gloves to one side and have decided to go toe to toe bare knuckle with Charlton's long suffering, loyal and generally helpfully proactive supporters.
They really should have looked into the rich history of the clubs supporters working hand in hand with the club against any adversary that has come Charlton's way over the years - that way we may all get somewhere together (rather than League Two or worst!)
The statement regarding a variety of 'criminal acts' that have been perpetrated by supporters over the recent protests is quite laughable. Sure no one wants violence at what is a family club, historically. But I've been to the West Stand Car Park protests and really have neither seen or heard anything that you don't get to hear chanted at any game across all four divisions. And objects being thrown onto the pitch? Blow up beach balls for fucks sake! Hardly going to take anyone's eye out is it?
The reality is they are smarting. Not just because of the adverse publicity caused during the Middleborough game on Sky. But also for the way they were stitched up and made to look stupid, not only by the excellent CARD protest at the sponsors training ground visit, but by the fact that 50% of the sponsors that did bother to take them up on their invite did so to complain and raise concerns about the way the club is being run.
I wouldn't actually be all that surprised if the clubs version of a meeting at New Scotland Yard was in fact a phone call from the club saying we want to press charges if anyone breaks the law, and the police said 'yes, if anyone breaks the law, we will fully support you and prosecute anyone that breaks the law'.
I have heard mention that if the ball ends up in the crowd we should simply not throw it back, just in case we get prosecuted.
What a load of old tosh and an absolute unneeded mess our club and this situation has become.
Three generations of Coopers will not be renewing season tickets. Regardless of any unlikely great escape from relegation this season. These people don't understand football (English or otherwise), Charlton Athletic Football Club (it's ethos across the years, history or anything it stands for) and more importantly it's fan base or clients.
We won't suddenly see a change in policy, all we will see is even lower standard foreign imports scouted via some strange online service delivering footballers who via normal routes simply would not be good enough to play English League Football. A soulless vehicle for these arrogant idiots flawed master plan.
Without wanting to sound melodramatic this is going to leave a gaping hole in my life, that's been so important for the last 35 odd years. Cheers for that Roly, you mug!
Pitch invasion anyone? (Oops, is mentioning those two words together tantamount to conspiracy?!!!)
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