Charlton fans pledge not to cause Championship title chaos

Charlton fans protest during their recent win over Middlesbrough
Charlton fans protest during their recent win over Middlesbrough
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Charlton Athletic fans who comprise the Coaltion Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) have congratulated Burnley on winning promotion back to the Premier League - and vowed not to cause any disruption as the Clarets try and clinch the title at the Valley on Saturday.

A statement reads: "As the organisers of all the main protests seen at The Valley in recent months, CARD have noted the concern expressed by Burnley fans and others about the possibility of Saturday’s match at Charlton being abandoned, and the potential impact at the top of the Championship table.

"CARD are also aware that this weekend’s game will be subject to an unusually large police presence, and that there is potential for confrontation between Charlton fans and the authorities on the one hand, and between rival supporters on the other.

"CARD is making its position clear in advance that we have no intention of preventing the completion of this match and neither will we be encouraging others to do so.

"This does not mean that we will not be protesting on the day. We will. But we will respect the integrity of the competition and the ambitions of the visiting club.

"Given the level of anger about the situation at The Valley, we cannot speak for every Charlton supporter on this and we make no claim to do so. However, our aim is to destroy the regime wrecking our club, not the game itself.

"We hope this statement offers some reassurance to fans of Burnley, and indeed Brighton & Hove Albion and Middlesbrough, ahead of what we recognise to be an important weekend for their clubs."