Sky Sports presenter Jim White has come in for fierce criticism from many Charlton Athletic fans after once again interviewing controversial owner Roland Duchatelet on his talkSport radio show.
In an interview which seemed to focus on how difficult it would be for the Charlton Athletic owner to attend the League One playoff final due to safety fears, White seemed particularly keen to elicit from Ducatelet how scared he was of being confronted by angry Charlton fans.
Duchatelet has not attended a Charlton match since 2014.
White failed to scrutinise the Belgian owner’s controversial stewardship of the club which has led to his unpopularity among many Addick supporters.
White often appears keen to get wealthy owners on his show and seems to enjoy giving them a platform. It could be argued the interview allowed Duchatelet to demonise Charlton fans and make the Belgian out to be the victim.
You have to wonder whether White has spent to much time in the Sky bubble and attending games in corporate hospitality areas. He seems bereft of any empathy for paying spectators which some would argue is in common with his employers who regularly change kick-off times at short notice making life almost impossible for those fans who prefer to watch games live rather than on television.
Many feel that for White to allow the owner airtime in the week before the Wembley final seemed like particularly bad-timing. Many Addick fans have been feeling good about their club lately despite Duchatelet’s ownership.
Indeed the club announced this morning they had sold over 30,000 tickets for the Wembley showpiece on Sunday.
Plenty of Charlton fans soon took to social media to criticise White, with some very angry and not holding back after the presenter once again gave Duchatelet airtime.
Here is a selection of their responses to the interview on Twitter.
What an absolute load of rubbish @JimWhite you should be ashamed of your self. Why not ask the important q. Why did you ruin cafc?
— ch (@Charnley1) May 21, 2019
You lot are a joke. Buying into his BS every time @JimWhite . Should be asking why he hasn’t sold the club. Why has he stripped the club of all its assets. Why he hasn’t given Lee Bowyer & Johnnie Jackson contracts. #CAFC
— Gary McKendry ?? (@TherealGaryI) May 21, 2019
@JimWhite appreciate the help in raising awareness of the issues at #cafc, but please stop indulging Duchatelet. He can’t be taken seriously. He’s not a credible person, and to entertain him is doing a disservice to the fans. Not a personal dig at you. Focus on the positives
— Robert Sullivan (@Cabbles14) May 21, 2019
@JimWhite, what is it with you & your sycophantic infatuation with Duchatelet? You never challenge him during interviews & are more concerned about your own narcissistic relationship with him!You really haven’t grasped what he’s done & continues to do to our club have you? #cafc
— JP (@whatsallthefus2) May 21, 2019
@JimWhite Don’t be duped by what Duchâtelet says. The man has caused immense harm to a wonderful football club.
— Mike Collier (@mike051292) May 21, 2019
@JimWhite Jim we have got to wembley despite Roland not because of him.Lee bowyer johnny jackson and there staff have united with fans and we have something special at Charlton we are one,Roland Duchatelet is a lying raving lunatic who does not deserve to be owner of our club
— bert palmer (@bertiepalmer) May 21, 2019
Can't help thinking that Jim White's "scrutiny" of #cafc clown Roland Duchâtelet is about as productive and useful as David Dimbleby's "scrutiny" of Farage.
— Darryl (@darryl1974) May 21, 2019
— Andy Symonds (@addick7) May 21, 2019
Why interview Duchatelet again? Blatantly clear you fell for his BS last time. Charlton's biggest game for years, it's about Bowyer and the players and the brilliant job they have done DESPITE the cockwomble from Belgium and his idiocy. Disgrace you giving him airtime this week.
— Stuart Loversidge (@StuLoversidge) May 21, 2019