Tensions at Charlton Athletic escalated on Thursday evening as police were called after majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer 'suspended' chairman Matt Southall. 


The pair only took control of the team in January, but in this short space of time, things have quickly fallen apart. Performances on the field haven't been great, but the continuing row off the pitch between both Nimer and Southall has been worse.

Southall recently ​posted a statement on the club's website, in which he accused Nimer of defamation and failing to invest a single penny into the club since his arrival. Then, a second statement confirmed Nimer's resignation with 'immediate effect'.


And yet Nimer remains at the club somehow. 


Not only that, he's hit back. ​The Sun report that Nimer's lawyers served legal papers to Southall at The Valley on Thursday evening, suspending him. Club safety officer Mick Everett then asked Southall to leave the building, but he refused and called the police. 


It's already sounding a bit much, but the events of Thursday evening did not end there. Far from it, actually. In response, Southall then sacked Everett on the spot, who had been at the club for 25 years, while he also attempted to get rid of club journalist Olly Groome.

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Police told Southall to leave the building, which he eventually did. The Sun further claim that doors have now been locked and passwords changed. 


The Evening Standard go further by revealing that director Jonathan Heller was also asked to leave the premises with Southall, and the pair both initially refused. 


Charlton have since taken to their ​official website to provide an update on this ridiculous situation. They explained that the day-to-day running of the club is still the top priority despite the recent events. 

A statement read: "In light of recent events the day-to-day running of the club remains top priority. Members of the club’s senior management met on Friday morning to discuss next steps. The club is assured by the commitment from HE Tahnoon Nimer and hopes the directors resolve their differences for the best of everyone at Charlton Athletic.


"In the meantime the main focus remains on running the club in the most efficient way possible and coordinating activity in response to today’s postponement of games, until at least April 3rd."