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Charlton fans will rally and take back The Valley under the banner of CARD

In a statement released by the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) on Monday, they stated that they will “take back The Valley” on the final game of the season against Swindon Town (30th April), in a final push to remove Duchatelet and show prospective new owners the passion and potential of the Addicks as a club.

In recent weeks, rumours emerged that there is movement at The Valley in regards to a potential takeover, which would see the Charlton fans successfully oust the infamous and controversial owner, Roland Duchatelet, who was voted one of the worst owners in English Football. Since then more digging and research has taken place, which has lead to further speculation for what the future holds for the Red Southeast London outfit. At the current time, there are rumours that the new prospective owner(s) is from the middle east / China, and is being fronted by Ronnie Rosenthal, former Liverpool striker turned football consultant, who has previous experience in fronting takeovers for interested parties in English football, and has recently been seen at The Valley.

More speculation on Monday emerged as some Charlton fans allegedly spoke to former CEO Peter Varney over the weekend as they decided to watch Ebbsfleet United, as the Charlton game was called off due to the Addicks witnessing four of their main players receiving an international call-up. Allegedly, Peter Varney disclosed that he believes that a takeover at Charlton will be completed within the next eight weeks.

As it currently stands there are no definitive answers, only a lot of speculation and rumours as what the future of Charlton entails, and whether that future will involve Roland Duchatelet. However, until there is a definitive answer that Roland will sell the club and is gone for good, the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet are determined to push him out the door. The protest group has requested all boycotting fans to return to The Valley on the last day of the season (30th April), when Charlton will take on Swindon. The aim will be to drive Roland Duchatelet out, but also to show to any prospective buyer the passion Charlton fans have and the effort they are willing to put in to help rebuild and repair the damage which has been caused by Duchatelet.

In their statement CARD had the following to say:

“We plan to take back The Valley on the final day of the season and are asking fans who have been staying away, whether in protest or frustration, to return and send a resounding message to the next owner about what Charlton can be. This can be accomplished inside the ground or outside, for those unwilling to buy a ticket.

“We welcome the prospect of new ownership, but it is important any buyer understands that the current board of Duchatelet, chief executive Katrien Meire and former chairman Richard Murray is toxic. There is no case for continuity.

“In our view, Meire has shown herself to be unfit to run the business and Murray’s consistent defence of this regime over its three years of failure has utterly destroyed his credibility. Their continued presence risks poisoning any reconciliation process.

“Our passion is Charlton, not protesting, so CARD will end when Duchatelet goes, but like others we are keen to put our energies into supporting new ownership and a new management team in repairing the damage of the last three years.”

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