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Charlton Athletic chief Katrien Meire hits out at abusive Addicks supporters

Charlton Athletic chief executive Katrien Meire has condemned the supporters who have ‘crossed the line’ with their abuse.

Things have gone dramatically downhill for Charlton Athletic ever since the club was purchased by Belgian millionaire Ronald Duchâtelet in January 2014.

Under the ownership of Duchâtelet, Charlton have had no less than six different managers in the space of just two years and the instability has certainly played a huge role in the Addicks suffering relegation into League One this season.

Due to the current state of affairs, the fans have not been afraid to voice their displeasure towards Duchâtelet as well as chief executive Katrien Meire this season.

Meire in particular has been targeted by Charlton fans throughout the course of the campaign and it was revealed back in February that some disgruntled supporters forged her signature to falsely post her resignation on Companies House.

Meire has continually been a subject to abuse in recent months as well and the 31-year old has now gone on to condemn the Charlton fans who recently made their way up to her parents’ house in Belgium to distribute disparaging papers about her, by saying that they have ‘gone too far’.

She is quoted saying in the Telegraph: “For the last couple of months, I’ve had extreme abuse, I’ve had criminal offences committed against myself. I’m disappointed about governance in sport, that none of the governing bodies contacted me and stood up for the fact that things are not allowed, that are one step too far.

“They showed up, for example – it’s not a criminal offence but – at my parents’ house in Belgium. And they handed out papers to say how s----y I was, to my parents – and they hung it up in my village.”

“I know what they’re trying to do, to break me down, but what I’m most frustrated at is the perception. We’ve got the most affordable season tickets, we invest in our community, we invest in our academy.

“We spend £30 million in less than two years of ownership. And, yes, we got it wrong with the managers and the players, but that happens, that’s why clubs get relegated. That doesn’t mean that everything else is s---.”

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