Saint-Etienne, France’s most league champions with PSG, has been a regular fixture in Ligue 1 since their promotion in 2004, making it Auxerre’s first promotion in a decade.
Auxerre secured a top spot with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory after both sides were down 2-2 on aggregate. Then there were the ugly scenes. of Saint-Etienne The 18-year Ligue 1 came to an end as fans flocked to the pitch.
Smoke grenades, firecrackers, and firecrackers were thrown, and the players had to be quickly escorted to the locker room and escaped as the fans piled on the pitch.
While flares were thrown in the main stands, it was seen that the players were targeted by the fans and clashed with the police and security guards on the field.
Saint-Etienne has pledged to take action after a dark day for the 10-time champion of France.
In a statement from the club, “Despite the extraordinary and reinforced deployment of nearly 500 agents, many fans occupied the field with the final whistle of the match against Auxerre.“
“Some were found guilty of various acts of humiliation and violence against the players, security guards, police and fans in the Pierre-Faurand tribune.. ASSE strongly condemns these actions, gives full support to those affected, and will initiate the necessary legal action.‘ he added.
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Saint-Etienne vs Auxerre: As it is
The first-standing draw, Auxerre, won on penalties at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium before a cauldron-like atmosphere wreaked havoc. After the goalless first half, Hamza Sakhi opened the goal for Auxerre with a header.
Madhi Camara leveled for St-Étienne after Enzo Crivelli took the corner. The physically fresher Greens were the better team at the end of 90 minutes and in overtime, but fouled in the end with spotlights.
On penalties, St-Étienne’s first goalkeeper Ryad Boudebouz saw Donovan Leon save his effort, while Auxerrois excelled in all his hits with Auxerre captain Birama Touré and scored the winning penalty.
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