'This is carnage': Football players flee after post-match 'disgrace'

·Sports Reporter
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Saint-Etienne fans rioted (pictured right) and were met by police (pictured left) following their football team's loss and relegation from Ligue 1.
Saint-Etienne fans rioted (pictured right) following their football team's loss and relegation from Ligue 1 in France. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

The football world has reacted with utter shock as fans threw flares into the players as Saint-Etienne was relegated to the second division in France.

A day after 'shambolic' scenes in Paris at the Champions League final, Saint-Etienne were relegated after a penalty shootout in their playoff against Auxerre.

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Following the result, Saint-Etienne fans stormed the field in ugly scenes that saw some throw flares towards the players.

This prompted riot police to shoot tear gas onto the field.

The players of both teams took refuge in the changing rooms but Prime Video television footage from the tunnel showed players, stewards and staff coughing from tear gas used by the police on the pitch to disperse the invaders.

The football world blasted the disgusting scenes, which had players running out of fear.

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Saint-Etienne, who finished third from bottom in Ligue 1, had already drawn the first leg of their play-off 1-1 with Ligue 2's Auxerre.

Saint-Etienne have already been sanctioned several times this season for the behaviour of its supporters and this game was played with one stand closed following incidents during the match against Monaco at the end of April.

The result marks the end of a nightmarish season for the 10-time French champions who are now facing serious financial difficulties as they return to Ligue 2 for the first time since gaining promotion in 2004.

On the weekend, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris.

Liverpool fans during the Liverpool Trophy Parade on May 29, 2022 in Liverpool, England.
Liverpool fans during the Liverpool Trophy Parade on May 29, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

However, the match was marred when police appeared to pepper spray Liverpool fans who were attempting to get into the stadium.

For many, especially Liverpool fans, pre-match crowd issues overshadowed this final and are sure to be the focus of an investigation by UEFA and authorities in the coming days.

Riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray at supporters waiting in long lines to get into European football's showpiece game, whose kickoff was delayed.

with AFP

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