This summer, it is not only the transfer window or the passage in front of the DNCG which animates the news of certain clubs. At least, not on the side of AS Saint-Etienne. In addition to relegation to Ligue 2, the possible takeover of the club by an American investment fund, the Saint-Etienne leaders also and above all awaited the decision of the disciplinary committee after the enormous excesses that occurred during the return match against Auxerre in Geoffroy Guichard. While the club had just lost the penalty shootout against Auxerre and therefore been condemned to Ligue 2, the supporters entered the field and threw smoke bombs at some players.
Acts which had serious consequences since the LFP had decided on May 30, 2022 to put the file under investigation. Finally, almost a month later, the sanction fell. And as expected, AS Saint-Etienne is heavily sanctioned.“After reading the investigation report, the Commission pronounces the following decisions against AS Saint-Étienne: six penalty points, including three suspended, applicable to the 2022-2023 season, six matches behind closed doors of the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, two of which are suspended”can we read in the press release of the League.
ASSE will not appeal
While sportingly the club is already in difficulty with this relegation to Ligue 2, the task will therefore be even harder for the new coach Laurent Batlles since the club will therefore start next season with -3 points in the standings. And it will be necessary to be irreproachable all season, because another overflow would therefore lead to a new penalty of 3 additional points. A big penalty especially since the Greens will have to play without their supporters for at least 4 games at home. Same story, in the event of excesses, the LFP will sanction the club with two new matches behind closed doors.
Since this announcement, AS Saint-Etienne has also communicated and announced that it will not appeal the decision. “On May 29 (…) Several of them (spectators) were guilty of unacceptable acts that the club immediately condemned. This violence, which followed an invasion of the field, left many injured among the police, security guards and spectators present. (…) Given the nature of the facts complained of, ASSE decided not to appeal the decision. The club appeals with seriousness to everyone’s responsibility so that these unspeakable acts never happen again to Geoffrey Guichard.can we read in particular in the press release of the club.
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– AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) June 23, 2022