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Charlton’s 2-0 Championship victory against Middlesbrough was marred by protests as supporters at The Valley held a mock funeral and threw beach balls onto the pitch with seconds of kick-off.

Charlton fans carried a coffin to the stadium before kick-off in protest at the club’s owners, and the game was held up 30 seconds after kick-off due to a large number of beach balls thrown onto the field by home supporters angry with Roland Duchatelet’s ownership of the club.

Sunday’s events followed earlier protests in January, when fan coalition CARD (The Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet) had called on fans before the game to ‘not buy anything other than tickets’ from the club, in a flash protest involving hundreds of people outside the Valley.

The Football Supporters’ Federation had also accused Football League and Sky of treating the fans with disregard after the match was rearranged with just 17 days’ notice.

Boro themselves sank deeper into crisis in the absence of manager Aitor Karanka after their Spanish boss did not travel with the squad, with assistant Steve Agnew taking charge at the Valley, and goals from Jorge Teixeira and Callum Harriott added to their problems.

Karanka walked out following a stormy meeting with his players on Friday, and despite later seeking to apologise he did not make the trip to London for the Championship clash.


The deadlock was finally broken after 57 minutes as Teixeira headed home from a corner by Gudmundsson – his first goal for the club.

Charlton doubled their lead with 10 minutes remaining, when a shot from Harriott rebounded off defender Dael Fry, the persistence of the forward paying off after he pounced on the loose ball to blast home past Konstantopoulos.

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