EFL rejects Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet’s demand to buy the club from him

The EFL have rejected Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet’s request to buy the club from him.

Last week, in a bizarre club statement from the unpopular Belgian millionaire, he “demanded the EFL acquired his football club” after blaming Addicks fans for delaying a proposed takeover.

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Roland Duchatelet is hugely unpopular at the Valley

Lieven De Turck has been overseeing takeover talks for Duchatelet with several interested parties for over a year but has been unable to agree a sale.

In response to the Belgian millionaire’s bizarre claim, an EFL statement said: “As a competition organiser, the EFL regulates against dual interests and, having assessed the suggestion to take control of Charlton Athletic put forward by the club’s owner Roland Duchatalet, the EFL Board has concluded that such an arrangement would raise a significant conflict of interest and as such is not one that could be considered.

“The EFL will be speaking to Mr Duchatalet with regard to the ownership of Charlton Athletic and will continue to offer any support it can in assisting with his aim of finding a suitable new owner for the club.

“In the meantime, the ongoing EFL review continues and is expected to reach a conclusion before the end of the season.”

Supporters have been protesting against Duchatelet for most of his five-year spell in charge at the Valley – and are desperate for him to sell up. 

He gave a rare interview to talkSPORT last month after properties belonging to him in Belgium were vandalised with messages telling him to leave Charlton.

Speaking to Jim White, Duchatelet bizarrely claimed the EFL “shouldn’t sell clubs to foreign owners” and conceded it had been a “major mistake” to buy the club.

He said: “For my life it’s been a major mistake to do that (buy Charlton). It’s annoying. It’s not nice.

“I think it’s totally wrong that foreign people get involved with football.”

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