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Charlton not concerned by letter ordering owner to ‘leave the club’

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harlton believe there is little substance to the letter issued to their legal department by former owner Paul Elliott “giving notice” to owner Thomas Sandgaard to “leave the club”.

Elliott’s company Lex Dominus has claimed Sandgaard’s September takeover at the Valley contravened a court injunction that prevented East Street Investments [ESI], which had been the holding company for Charlton, from selling the club to Sandgaard.

Manchester-based businessman Elliott had been attempting to take control of Charlton after he agreed to buy ESI.

But he failed the EFL’s owners’ and directors’ test in August and former ESI majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer then sold Charlton to Sandgaard on September 25.

Elliott said: “The former directors of ESI, had no authority to sell anything to anyone. Put simply, it was not their asset to sell. We also reserve the right to assert our legal ownership of the club. Mr Sandgaard has been given notice to leave the club immediately.”

It is understood Charlton are not worried by Elliott’s statement. Their legal team are dealing with the letter

Sandgaard tweeted: “Looking forward to watching @CAFCWomen on Valley Pass on Sunday. I won’t let any unwanted distractions get in the way of running this club.”

In a statement, Elliott said: “The former directors of East Street Investments, had no authority to sell anything to anyone, not least agree the sale of Charlton Athletic Football Club to Mr Thomas Sandgaard. Put simply, it was not their asset to sell.  

“We have written to the club lawyers asking them to inform Mr Sandgaard immediately, and the English Football League.  

“We never wanted to get to this position, and we certainly do not wish to cause further distress or disruption to Charlton Athletic or its supporters.  

“We have attempted to get all parties around the table to discuss a way forward, but, despite our best efforts and Mr Sandgaard’s statements to the media about ‘doing the right thing’ our efforts have been ignored.  

“We always argued that we had a legal agreement to purchase the club and that has now been justified by the making of the court order. Mr Sandgaard has been given notice to leave the club immediately.  

“We, as always, remain willing to talk, but we also reserve the right to assert our legal ownership of the club.”

The Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust said: “CAST is conscious that fans may be worried about this. We want to clarify a few things. Short version: we’re not worried.  

“Lex Dominus’s statement amounts to nothing more than that they have sent a letter to the club asking Thomas Sandgaard to leave. It is not a “notice” or anything with legal status, nor does asking him to “leave the club” have any legal meaning. It is just a letter.”


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