Ten years ago today, Charlton were preparing for a season in the Premier League.
This weekend, they host Northampton in the third tier of English football.
But it’s not just on the pitch that things have taken a turn for the worse for the Addicks.
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Towards the end of last campaign, many supporters protested against owner Roland Duchatelet on numerous occasions. They staged a mock funeral to demonstrate the death of their club, they threw balloons and beachballs onto the pitch and they performed a 'sit-in' at the club’s car park.
While many supporters took part in these very public demonstrations against the owners, there will have been plenty of fans who also took to social media to criticise the club.
Social media is a place where you can express your opinions, be it good, bad or indifferent.
Well, Charlton have decided to take that right away from some of their fans, it seems.
A fan has posted a letter that he received from the club online, and it’s gone viral. The letter basically says that they will only hand over the season ticket that the fan has brought if they sign a social media behavioural contract.
Here is that letter:
Pretty shocking stuff.
As you can imagine, there has been a huge reaction on Twitter. Check out some of the tweets below:
As many people have pointed out, if someone is willing to fork out a couple of hundred pounds for a season ticket, they’re fully entitled to a few angry tweets on social media.
However, this PR own-goal from the club has appeared to have given Charlton more bad publicity than any derogatory tweet ever could.
After losing 2-0 to Bury on the opening day of the season last weekend, before a midweek 1-0 loss to Cheltenham in the EFL Cup, The Valley certainly isn’t a happy place to be at the moment.
With their first home match since their relegation from the Championship tomorrow, there’s going to be a very interesting atmosphere.
Don’t be surprised to see yet another demonstration.