Charlton fans hold mock funeral procession, throw beach balls during match in protest against owner

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Charlton Athletic beat Middlesbrough 2–0 on Sunday, but the win wasn’t enough to pull them out of the relegation zone in the Championship, nor did it change the feelings of supporters on the current state of the club.

Resentment against owner Roland Duchatelet, who bought Charlton in January 2014, and chief executive Katrien Meire has been growing rapidly as they’ve gone through six managers in two years and results have suffered along with the quality of the squad. This inspired fans to hold a mock funeral procession for “the spirit of the club” before the Middlesbrough match.

During the match, they threw beach balls onto the pitch and chanted “We want Roland out” to the bemusement of Meire, who watched from the director’s box.

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As recently as December, Duchatelet said he would not sell the club. But if Charlton are relegated to League One, these demonstrations will likely continue as anger rises.

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Here’s fan footage of all the day’s protests…

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