The LFP Disciplinary Committee imposed three penalty points and four matches behind closed doors on the Forézien club after the incidents against Auxerre.
AS Saint-Etienne has announced that it will not appeal the heavy disciplinary sanctions taken against it on Thursday for the serious incidents that occurred at the end of the second leg play-off match against Auxerre on May 29 at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium. . The Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League inflicted on ASSE six withdrawal points in the Ligue 2 championship, three of which are firm, and six matches behind closed doors, two of which are suspended.
«Given the nature of the offending facts, AS Saint-Etienne has decided not to appeal the decision. The club appeals with seriousness to everyone’s responsibility so that these unspeakable acts never happen again at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium.“Said a statement from the club.
At the end of the return barrage, lost on penalties (1-1, 5-4 pens), hundreds of people had invaded the field and caused very serious incidents, targeting in particular the presidential stand with pyrotechnic devices and mortars. No arrests have taken place since, any more than for the incidents which occurred during the match against Monaco lost 4-1 by Saint-Etienne, on April 23: they had resulted in the closing of a stand for the game against Auxerre.
Several times during the season, against Angers and Montpellier at home, but also in Louhans (Saône-et-Loire) on the occasion of a 16th final of the Coupe de France against Jura Sud, incidents had broken out in the stands of Greens with the use of pyrotechnic devices. Travel by ASSE supporters had been banned until the end of the season. The club even had to play behind closed doors against Clermont on November 7.