Saint-Etienne fans attacked their own players after they were relegated to Ligue 2 following their play off defeat to Auxerre on Sunday.
Saint Etienne were beaten on penalties after Ryad Boudebouz missed the deciding spot kick following a 1-1 draw on the night and a 2-2 draw on aggregate, meaning Les Verts will play in the second tier of French football for the first time since 1999.
The club is the joint-most decorated in French domestic football having won Ligue 1 10 times in their history, however Paris Saint-Germain equalled that tally with this year’s league win and will more than likely eclipse it.
Saint Etienne just got relegated from ligue 1 and these were the scenes after the game home fans attacking the players and staff direction flares and fireworks at the tunnel pic.twitter.com/aLHTSt2oB0
— dylanleeds22❼ (@dylanleeds22) May 29, 2022
After relegation was confirmed, fans turned on their players in aggressive fashion and chose to confront the squad, board and directors with violent methods.
Supporters ran onto the pitch at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium and began throwing flares and smoke bombs into the stands towards the directors box while also appearing to attempt to attack and confront their own players.
Saint Etienne players were evacuated from the pitch, with no reports as of yet to say they have been hurt. Footage below shows the moment thousands of fans invaded the pitch before beginning to attack.
See video below:
Saint-Étienne fans stormed the pitch and threw flares at their own players after the club were relegated to Ligue 2 in the relegation playoffs
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 29, 2022
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 29, 2022
I wanted you to stay up @ASSEofficiel but turns out your fans have disgraced themselves, again.
You should be relegated out of French. League football.
— Matty O’Toole🇺🇦 (@MatthewHoneyma9) May 29, 2022