Charlton fans campaigning against owner Roland Duchatelet stepped up their efforts on Saturday - forming another formidable demonstration at the Valley.

The Championship fixture against Blackburn was Charlton’s first at home since January 2, when about 2,000 supporters staged a striking post-match protest.

Since then the Addicks have suffered 5-0 and 6-0 league defeats, endured a FA Cup upset against League One Colchester and seen Karel Fraeye sacked as caretaker boss.

A post-match protest was organised by the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), a recently formed campaign to unify supporters in an attempt to oust Duchatelet.

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Once again the Belgian millionaire was urged to sell the club, with raucous chants also being aimed at unpopular chief executive Katrien Meire.

“We are demanding that Duchatelet takes every step to find a successor who understands how to run a football club, is willing to invest sensibly in the team and appreciates the critical role of fans in building success,” said a CARD spokesman.

“We want Roland out - before it’s too late.”

More than 750 black and white scarves - worn to indicate solidarity with Anti-Duchatelet groups - were handed out to fans in under ten minutes at the ground.

In a display of financial power, CARD also announced a ‘flash protest’ at midday urging fans not to buy refreshments, merchandise or programmes.

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“We are aiming to hit the regime financially and put pressure on its relationship with business partners,” a CARD statement said.

Saturday’s mass protest attracted the biggest attendance yet, with fans crammed into the West Stand car park, refrained from approaching the entrance by stewards, police and makeshift barriers.

Other than the usual echoing of chants, large banners – funded by the CARD campaign – were unveiled and red flares were set off by the patently frustrated crowd.

Nigel Pamment, a Charlton season ticket holder since 1971 and a CARD volunteer, believes the campaign can force Duchatelet to sell the club.

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The 62-year-old said: “This can have an effect for sure.

“This is a co-ordination of different groups and for the first time in months there hasn’t been infighting. People have united because we have got to do something about this regime.

“Even if we survive this season the same thing will happen again and again until we are relegated.

“Like a lot of fans I’m terribly worried about the future of this club.”

Mr Pamment cites the treatment of fans as symptomatic of the downward spiral the Addicks are suffering.

Last month CEO Meire labelled supporters as “customers” and suggested it was “weird” that fans feel a sense of ownership in the club they support.

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The lifelong Addicks fan added: “They wouldn’t have had a beautiful place to play if it wasn’t for people like me painting the fences when we first came back here, extending my mortgage to buy a ten-year season ticket – there’s loads of people like me, who care.

“I don’t believe that just because you have loads of money, you can do whatever you like. You’ve got to respect the club, the community and the fans – and I don’t feel that’s happening right now.”

CARD comprises fans from the Anti Roland Demos and Spell it Out campaign and the Voice of the Valley fanzine.

A petition launched demanding Duchatelet to actively search for a new owner has gained more than 4000 signatures in less than a week.

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