Ligue 2 - L'AS Saint-Etienne pénalisé de 3 points ferme de pénalité et quatre matches à huis-clos après les débordements

Ligue 2 – L’AS Saint-Etienne pénalisé de 3 points ferme de pénalité et quatre matches à huis-clos après les débordements


It does not work out for Saint-Etienne. Already relegated to L2 after a shootout lost on penalties against AJ Auxerre (1-1 ap, 5 pens to 4), the Greens have just learned that they will start their season in L2 from the worst way: with a sanction of six withdrawal points (including three suspended) and six matches behind closed doors at home (including two suspended). The LFP Disciplinary Committee could hardly do otherwise after the scenes of chaos that followed the end of the barrage on May 29 at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium.

Saint-Etienne will therefore launch its 2022-2023 exercise with three points less for its reconquest of L1 while only the first two of L2 will go up to L1 in May 2023. And without the contribution of its public for three matches. But could it be otherwise? The images of violence seen on May 29 are still in everyone’s mind. Between the invasion of the lawn by angry Greens supporters, the throwing of smoke bombs towards the grandstand and the general jostling, AS Saint-Etienne lived a nightmarish evening. The kind of night football doesn’t want to see anymore.

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After considering the report of the instruction requested by the League on these “serious incidents that have occurred“, the LFP commission was obliged to take its responsibilities. But if ASSE finds itself with a significant handicap to fill and will have to do without the contribution of the ticket office for a few matches when the club’s finances are already in bad shape, Sainté may be doing quite well in the end, because the evening of May 29 was not an isolated incident.

During a tense season, the ultras of Saint-Etienne have multiplied the excesses in recent months. The violence seen at the end of the dam was therefore a recurrence when the Greens had already had to play matches behind closed doors at Geoffroy-Guichard at the end of the season. If they have already penalized their club, the Saint-Etienne supporters must also be aware now that they will have to hold their ground all season since the Greens will remain under the threat of three additional points withdrawn in the event of new overflows… And there is it’s a safe bet that the Disciplinary Committee, which has raised its voice in recent months, will not let anything pass this time.

AS Saint-Etienne, which is also a victim in this case and has also filed a complaint against X after the incidents, wanted to announce a few minutes after the revelation of these sanctions that the club would not appeal.Given the nature of the offending facts, AS Saint-Etienne has decided not to appeal the decision.n”, explains in a press release the Greens, who once again condemn the violent behavior of some of his faithful. And they make a request: “The club appeals with seriousness to everyone’s responsibility so that these unspeakable acts never happen again in Geoffroy-Guichard.“.

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