Charlton and Blackpool fans come together for joint protest against the EFL


CHARLTON and Blackpool fans launched a joint protest against the EFL today.

Thursday January 01, 1970

The Sky Bet League One duo got together outside the respective headquarters in London and Preston to protest against their clubs’ owners.

Thursday January 01, 1970

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Charlton fans displayed a banner as they protested against the EFL on Friday[/caption]

Twitter @CharltonCARD

Thursday January 01, 1970

Blackpool fans gathered to protest in London and Preston[/caption]

This is the second time in just six months that football fans have protested against the EFL.

Supporters of both clubs have been protesting against their owners, Owen Oyston and Roland Duchatelet, for some time now but have been left frustrated in their bid to force regime change.

A High Court judge ruled last November that Blackpool’s owners have asset-stripped the club to the tune of £26m, bypassing governance arrangements to do so.

Blackpool supporters met with the EFL’s chief executive Shaun Harvey back in March – but have been unhappy with the lack of action since.

Roland Duchatelet, Charlton’s owner since 2014, remains embroiled in a public dispute with Valley staff about unpaid bonuses.

His attempts to sell the club have also failed to come to fruition as of yet.

Like the Oystons, Duchatelet has been the subject of numerous demonstrations before and during matches over the last few years.

Greenwich and Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook has described the situation at the Valley as “utterly shambolic” two weeks ago. 

Charlton supporters’ group, Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), assembled outside the EFL’s offices in London from 12:30, while the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, (BST), lead a 3pm demonstration at the EFL House in Preston.

There were big crowds in place at both locations, with video footage from the Twitter account @KnightTangerine, making their feelings clear on the hierarchy in place at Bloomfield Road.

They chanted “Where’s the money gone,” referring to Blackpool’s dramatic rise to the Premier League in 2010 and back down the football pyramid again.