By Angu Lesley
AS Saint Etienne have been relegated from the French Ligue 1 after they were beaten 3-0 by Auxerre in the relegation/promotion playoffs tie that was completed on Sunday evening at the Geoffroy Stadium.
The team from north-east France -employer of Cameroonian trio; Harold Moukoudi, Yvan Neyou and Bryan Djile will go back down to the Championship, the second level of French football, after 26 years in the topflight.
The tie was decided on penalties after Mehdi Camara scored in the 76th minute to canceled a 51st minute opener from Hamza Sakhi.
The tie ended 2-2 on aggregate but Auxerre from the second tier championship went on to win the game by 5-4 on penalty shoot out as Saint Etienne’s Algerian substitute failed from the spot.
Unfortunately immediately after the full-time whistle fans of Saint Etienne invaded the playground and destroyed club properties while others ignited flares in the stands to express their frustration about the situation.
The pitch was later cleared with the help of riot police officers but flares were thrown in the direction of the Saint-Etienne players, who retreated to the tunnel with some players and staff injured.
Auxerre have now returned to the topflight championship after spending over a decade in the lower division while Saint Etienne head to the other way.
Moukoudi and Neyou were first team players throughout the sorry campaign for Saint Etienne while Djile had his moments around the squad.
The relegation sum up events at the club in the past three seasons.
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