These are scenes that have no place on a soccer field. St Etienne struggled for promotion against AJ Auxerre. In the relegation, AJ Auxerre prevailed against the French record champions on penalties. That is why the ten-time French champions (as many as Paris St. Germain) have to move up to the second division after 18 years, while AJ Auxerre can celebrate first class again after ten years.
As a result, the fans of St. Etienne lost their nerve. The supporters stormed the field, threw rockets and firecrackers onto the stands and into the players’ tunnel. At the last moment, players from both teams and the referee team were able to flee into the dressing room.
Videos on social networks also show thick clouds of smoke over the stadium. It is currently not known whether there are injuries or further consequences after this incident. As in the first leg, the second leg ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. As the extra time didn’t bring a decision either, it finally went to penalties, where AJ Auxerre kept the upper hand 5:4.