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Charlton owner may sell his Belgian club


Often reliable Belgian newspaper Le Soir is reporting that the owner of Standard Liège Roland Duchâtelet may sell the current leaders of the Belgian Juliper Pro League, ten points clear of their nearest rival. The offer is believed to be around €50m with the money already paid into the Rothschild Bank. However, Roland is understood to be holding out for €60m.

The owner has a family of six European football clubs in ownership either directly or indirectly. However, the Walloon club is regarded as the mother ship with other clubs performing a player development role.

Recently the microelectronics multi-millionaire, who is on a mission to change football, bought Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic. The Addicks are badly in need of investment with a collapsed drainage system producing waterlogged pitches and postponed or abandoned games.

Standard's fans have been fearful of their financial security from the start of this season, even though the club is doing superbly on the field. In September last year, fans group Famille des Rouches had protested against Duchatelet's plans to resell the club.

However, they should qualify for the Champions League which would help to offset any financial worries.