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Play-offs: Auxerre returns to Ligue 1 ten years later, and sends Saint-Étienne to Ligue 2


After Hamza Sakhi’s opener (51st) for the Burgundians, Mahdi Camara equalized for the Stéphanois (77th). The team coached by Jean-Marc Furlan, specialist in the climbs, finally obtained their return to the elite on penalties thanks to a save by their goalkeeper Donovan Leon on the shot of Ryad Boudebouz.

Ten years after its relegation, Auxerre finally finds the elite: after a penalty shootout against Saint-Etienne in the return play-off (1-1, 5 pens to 4 – first leg: 1-1) on Sunday , here is AJA again in Ligue 1, where it will aim to maintain, a goal dear to Guy Roux, its former emblematic coach, even if the club has changed a lot since 2012.

Overflows at the end of the match

Yesterday renowned for the quality of its training and its know-how in player transfers thanks to its historic trio formed by Guy Roux, on the bench for 41 years (cumulative between 1961 and 2005), President Jean-Claude Hamel (1963 -2009) and Gérard Bourgoin, number one partner from the end of the 1970s, AJ Auxerre experienced a long desert crossing in Ligue 2.

Supporters invaded the lawn of the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium and threw horizontal smoke bombs after the barrage lost Sunday evening by Saint-Étienne against Auxerre (1-1 / 1-1, 5 tab to 4), which relegated the Greens in Ligue 2. After the winning shot on goal sent Auxerre to Ligue 1, spectators entered the field and some threw smoke bombs at the sidelines, the players of both teams taking refuge in the locker room.

The police also entered the field and used tear gas to disperse the crowd, according to images broadcast by Prime Video. A journalist from the broadcaster also spoke of “panic movements” in the stands. Footage from the locker room hallway showed players, stewards and staff coughing from tear gas. Prime commentators also went into coughing fits.

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Saint-Étienne sanctioned several times

The Saint-Étienne club has been sanctioned several times this season by the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League for the behavior of its supporters. The barrage against AJA was also played with a closed stand, for throwing smoke during the ASSE-Monaco match at the end of April. A total camera even hit the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium for the last home match in L1, during the 37th day, lost against Reims.

Saint-Étienne-Monaco, counting for the 34th day of L1, had been interrupted twice, the second time for more than half an hour, while some ultras from Saint-Etienne used smoke bombs and fireworks to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Green Angels.

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