Highly sanctioned after the incidents against Auxerre, ASSE will start in 2022-23 with three points less and behind closed doors

The LFP Disciplinary Committee hit Saint-Etienne’s head hard after the serious incidents observed during the recent bombing of AJ Auxerre.

AS Saint-Etienne have been penalized with 6 penalty points, including 3 suspended, following the serious incidents that occurred during the club’s relegation to Ligue 2, a strong sanction that will be applied next season, announced on Thursday the Professional Football League (LFP). This is a particularly severe decision taken by the LFP Disciplinary Commission, in charge of resolving this latest disciplinary case of a stormy 2021-2022 season from start to finish in the stands and on the grass of Ligue 1. a note of press, the Saint-Etienne club declared itdo not appeal the decision“.

Having already inflicted points withdrawals, albeit more limited, in Nice or Lyon, the Commission struck hard this time against ASSE after the chaos scenes at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in late May, during the goal of the defeat of the turn against the Auxerre. : invasion of the lawn by the angry greens, then throwing smoke into the stands and general push.

In addition to this withdrawal of points that runs the risk of complicating the goal of an immediate recovery in L1, the club is also sanctioned with six games behind closed doors, two of which are suspended, which will penalize the club’s finances, already very fragile, by depriving the box office. Thus, the ASSE will start at home without the public on the weekend of August 6 against Nîmes during the 2nd day of L2.

Under threat

And the Saint-Etienne team will remain all season under the threat of withdrawing three additional points in case of further overflows from its fans, so it will start the 2022-2023 season with a total of negative points. According to the current scale, the applicable sanctions could go as far as disqualification and even descent.

The last few months have shown that the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Sébastien Deneux, no longer hesitates to impose very harsh sanctions in the event of serious incidents, such as the withdrawal of points in the classification. Like the point cut in Nice on the green carpet after an invasion of the field against Marseille followed by a general fight, a retreat that later cost a Europa League qualification for the Aiglons, forced to settle for the 5th place synonymous with Europe. League Conference. Or the point withdrawn in Lyon after the incidents at the OL-OM, when lightning from a plastic bottle from the stands hit Marseille captain Dimitri Payet in the head.

One-upmanship

The penalty points inflicted on AS Saint-Etienne could load their season, while only the first two of L2 will move to L1 in May 2023, a handicap that can be paralyzing for the ambitions of the Saint-Etienne club … but also for the interest given to the American businessman David Blitzer, a candidate according to L’Équipe to take over the Greens.

The question remains of the real effectiveness of these collective sanctions, while the recidivist Saint-Etienne ultras have multiplied the overflows in recent months, each time triggering partial or total measures behind closed doors. “We see it with Saint-Etienne, it does absolutely nothing. What is the next step? Ban Saint-Etienne from playing in the Ligue 2 championship? Do we close the stands for several seasons? We are really into climbingRonan Evain, CEO of the Football Supporters Europe (ESF) network, lamented on Tuesday.

The legal proceedings after the Geoffroy-Guichard overflows continue. Several complaints have been filed, in particular by the club, following these events which resulted in forty minor injuries. The commercial management of ASSE valued the damage at 500,000 euros and the metropolis of Saint-Etienne, owner of the stadium, valued the damage at more than 80,000 euros.

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