Soccer followers storm pitch and set off flares after Saint-Etienne relegated from Ligue 1


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Indignant Saint-Etienne followers stormed a pitch after the staff misplaced a playoff sport and was relegated from Ligue 1, France’s high tier.

Saint-Etienne misplaced 5-4 on penalty kicks to Auxerre.

The second-leg sport at Stade Geoffre, in Saint-Etienne, had ended 1-1 with no targets added in additional time.

The primary-leg sport had been one other draw.

Saint-Etienne followers invaded instantly after the final penalty kick, setting off flares on the sphere.

Gamers from each groups fled to the locker room to keep away from the mayhem.

Police then dispersed the gamers, in response to L’Equipe newspaper.

No accidents had been instantly reported.

Auxerre’s Hamza Sakhi scored the primary purpose of the sport earlier than Mahdi Camara bought Saint-Etienne’s equaliser.

Within the shootout, Ryad Boudebouz missed a penalty for Saint-Etienne as Auxerre clinched its place in Ligue 1 through the subsequent season.

Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon was lauded for blocking the shot and making a complete of eight saves.

Pic: Adrien Blettery / TL7
pitch invasion Saint-Etienne
Pic: Adrien Blettery / TL7

‘No person believed in us’

“I used to be there after we had been demoted in 2012,” Leon stated.

“No person believed in us on this playoff, it was actually robust however we managed to go up.”

Saint-Etienne owns a record-tying 10 league titles and has not performed within the second tier, Ligue 2, since 2005.

“We’ll shortly announce vital information regarding the way forward for the membership and our personal,” stated Saint-Etienne shareholders Bernard Caiazzo and Roland Romeyer in an announcement printed simply after the sport.

Saint-Etienne dominated the league through the Sixties and Seventies, however suffered setbacks within the Nineteen Eighties after a monetary scandal.

The membership is dealing with monetary difficulties which have worsened following the onset of the pandemic and the collapse of Ligue 1’s billion-dollar tv contract.

Saint-Etienne is formally on sale.

Auxerre’s fortunes seem like altering, with its victory marking the top of a decade-long absence from the highest tier.

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