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Fans to protest at EFL offices in London and Preston

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Blackpool and Charlton Athletic supporters will be taking to the streets on Friday 14th September to call on better standards of governance from the EFL – and they’re calling fans from all clubs to support them.

Supporters of both clubs will be protesting outside the EFL offices in Preston and London next Friday – led by the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, Tangerine Knights, MSG and the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD).

CARD said: “Football fans in general, and Charlton and Blackpool supporters in particular, continue to be extremely frustrated by the EFL’s apparent unwillingness to address serious issues of poor governance at some of its clubs.

“What is happening at our clubs could impact anywhere, so we will welcome fans of all other clubs joining us.

“The EFL appears to be little more than a trade association with decisions taken by the clubs for the benefit of the clubs. But without fans it is nothing.”

Blackpool supporters wrote to the EFL back in December 2017 after the club’s owners lost their High Court battle against a previous investor – ordering the Oystons to pay back millions of pounds. The EFL has since pledged to meet supporters and officials of both clubs.

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust said: “We hope that fans from all football clubs will support these demonstrations. Football governance needs reforming and all clubs are only one owner away from a potential nightmare.”

The demonstrations will begin at the EFL’s Preston headquarters at 3pm and at their London offices from 12.15pm.

Thanks to PA Images for the image used in this article.

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