Saint-Etienne v Auxerre: Ugly scenes after Ligue 1 relegation

Saint-Etienne fans stormed the field and many threw torches

Saint-Etienne was relegated from Ligue 1 after losing a play-off to Auxerre in a penalty shoot-out.

The defeat led to a field invasion by angry Etienne fans, with many flares in the main stands and towards the players tunnel.

Police armed with shields and batons used tear gas to disperse supporters.

The loss puts an end to an 18-year top flight for the ten-time French champion and a return for Auxerre after a 10-year absence.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Auxerre’s Hamza Sakhi opened the score before Saint-Etienne’s Mahdi Camara equalized.

That equalized with penalties. Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon saved from Ryad Boudebou, giving Birama Toure a chance to make it 5-4 in the shoot-out and win for the Ligue 2 side.

He made no mistake and as soon as the ball settled into the goal, the fans rushed onto the field.

Players fled to the safety of the locker rooms as police tried to quell the problems.

It was just the last ugly scenes in Saint-Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The club has been penalized several times this season for problems with the public and Sunday’s game was played with closed stands following unrest during a game against Monaco last month.

Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon saves in penalty shootout against Saint-Etienne
Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon saved from Ryad Boudebou
Auxerre's players celebrate their win at the end of France's L1-L2 play-off second leg football match against Saint-Etienne
Auxerre players celebrated after Birama Touré made it 5-4 on penalties for the Ligue 2 side
Saint-Etienne fans storm the field
The fans of Saint-Etienne immediately stormed the field
Riot police officers clashed with Saint-Etienne fans who stormed the field after being defeated by Auxerre
Riot police then collided with Saint-Etienne fans who barged onto the pitch


Saint Etienne

Formation 4-4-2

  • 50Bernardonia
  • 14sackois replaced byAntunes da SilvaBee 58′minutes
  • 2Moukoudic
  • 22mangala
  • 13Trauco
  • 17Aouchicheis replaced byNordinBee 58′minutes
  • 28youssoufis replaced byDiusséBee 110′minutes
  • 8Camarais replaced byMoueffekBee 80′minutes
  • 20Bouanga
  • 21Hamoumais replaced byBoudebouzBee 80′minutes
  • 10Khazricis replaced byCrivellicBee 62′minutes


  • 3After the
  • 7Boudebouz
  • 11Antunes da Silva
  • 18Nordin
  • 25Diussé
  • 26sako
  • 29Moueffek
  • 31Crivellic
  • 40Vegetable


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 16Leon
  • 2Arcus
  • 4Mendes Junior
  • 5Pellenard
  • 3Bernardus
  • 12toureBooked at 89 minutes
  • 7heinis replaced bySinayokoBee 75′minutes
  • 27Trouilletis replaced byperrinBee 64′minutes
  • 22Sakhiis replaced bycoeffBee 83′minutes
  • 29Autretis replaced byDugimontBee 95′minutes
  • 19Charbonnier


  • 6Ndom
  • 10perrin
  • 14Ben Fredj
  • 17Lloris
  • 20coeff
  • 21Dugimont
  • 25Sinayoko
  • 26Joly
  • 40The Percin

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