While the netting behind the goal at the Covered End at The Valley was a far cry from the monstrous metal fences which caged in fans during the 1980s, its symbolism was telling.
How often have clubs sought to control fans in such a way over the last few decades? I can’t recall an occasion of this in England.
It shows such a massive disconnect between the fans at Charlton Athletic and their Belgian owner.
The giant 20 foot netting at just one end was placed, the club would argue, to prevent any stoppages in play due to items thrown on the pitch, which have blighted the last handful of home games. And, in the main, it did its job.
But what steps has chief executive Katrien Meire taken to treat the disease rather than the symptoms? An olive branch? Any meetings with fans?
No, it’s just tough love from the CEO, who was reportedly absent for the whole of the second half, perhaps embarrassed by a sheet dangled above her by mischievous and ingenious fans with the word “LIAR” written on it.
Security was beefed up for the visit of the champions elect, Burnley.
Sniffer dogs were sniffing, pensioners were searched at the gates, as the Charlton ownership used the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nut.
The 2%, as Meire famously argued was the figure for the disgruntled, were in full voice, and backed by the likes of Oliver Kay in the Times who shone more light on the Charlton frailties in a telling interview with the first managerial victim of owner Roland Duchatelet, Chris Powell.
The piece, retweeted by the Greenwich MP Matthew Pennycock as must-read material for fans on the morning Saturday’s game, told of interference from above to farcical levels.
It was telling that after the 3-0 drubbing, in which the youth products looked dejected and the mercenaries brought in looked blase, the sixth managerial casualty of Duchatelet’s reign was announced.
Jose Riga’s second departure from SE7 was a mere footnote to this game, such is the speed of the head coach conveyor belt in these parts.
And what would Meire, if she had poked her nose through the blinds, have made of the thousands on the pitch at the end of the game calling for her to leave.
Especially when the majority of those chanting were joyous Burnley fans, seeing as a small army of police were penning many Charlton supporters into the stands.
This was the second week in a row in which the away fans have supported Charlton in their opposition to the owners.
While Meire watched half the game, Duchatelet chose again to see the match on a live stream from the comfort of his home.
It may or may not bother him to know next season thousands of Charlton fans will also follow his lead by staying away from The Valley until he and his team have left.
Quite what the ownership’s aims are now are a mystery, as little has noise has come out of the boardroom apart from a press release condemning the fans’ behaviour.
At a recent pre-silence Q&A Meire said she wanted to provide a “unique fan experience”. Well, mission accomplished. Job done.
And maybe now it’s time to leave.