AS Saint-Etienne reacted, through a press release, to the heavy sanctions imposed by the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League after the excesses against AJ Auxerre, which occurred on May 29 at the Geoffroy- Guichard.
The images shocked the football world. On May 29, at the end of the return shoot-off lost on penalties by AS Saint-Etienne against AJ Auxerre, serious incidents marked the end of the evening at Geoffroy-Guichard (invasion of the pitch, projectile jets…). Almost a month has passed and it is with fear that the Forez club, relegated to Ligue 2, awaited the announcements of the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League.
Three withdrawal points
Fallen this Thursday, the sentences have not surprisingly not spared the Greens. Saint-Etienne received “six penalty points, including three suspended, applicable to the 2022-2023 season” and of “six games behind closed doors at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, two of which were suspended.” From the start of the next exercise, the players of Laurent Batlles will start with an embarrassing deficit of three points and will have to do without their public for four games.
In the process, the club published a press release. ASSE again condemned the excesses and announced its refusal to appeal. “On Sunday May 29 during the return play-off against AJ Auxerre, spectators reacted violently to the sad sporting outcome of the season. Several of them 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. These same behaviors endangered hundreds of people, including children and disabled people, in the Pierre-Faurand gallery. Broadcast around the world, they seriously tarnished the image of the club. Following these events, AS Saint-Étienne filed several complaints for aggravated violence, destruction and damage to public property, entry into the playing area affecting the safety of persons and property and the throwing of projectiles presenting a danger to the safety of people (…) Given the nature of the offences, AS Saint-Étienne has decided not to appeal the decision. The club appeals with seriousness to everyone’s responsibility so that these unspeakable acts never happen again in Geoffroy-Guichard.