Protests bring a halt to game between Charleroi and Kortrijk

Sporting Charleroi fans brought a halt to their home game against KV Kortrijk this evening following the equaliser for the away side. As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, the Charleroi fans had already protested by staying out of the stands for the first 12 minutes to show their displeasure with the transfer strategy that was pursued by sporting director Mehdi Bayat. The side took a 2-0 lead over struggling Kortrijk in the first half, however when they conceded twice in the second half, and it was the goal from Felipe Avenatti that made it 2-2 that led to a fans protest with projectiles thrown onto the pitch.

The stoppage delayed the game by around 10 minutes. Kortrijk fans were absent, another protest. Their protest was against the game kick-off time which was 18.30 local time, giving fans little time to make the journey from Kortrijk to Charleroi after work.

The draw at home to Kortrijk means Charleroi have only won one of their previous five matches, losing three. The side face Cercle Brugge away on Friday night.


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