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Saint-Etienne fans launched a violent pitch attack as the team was relegated from Ligue 1. soccer

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There were scary scenes after Saint-Etienne’s relegation from Ligue 1 (Picture: Getty Images)

Saint-tienne fans launched a pitch attack with violent intent after the match, attacking their own players and throwing flares and their side being relegated from Ligue 1.

The second leg of the relegation play-off with Auxerre ended 1–1, as in the first leg, meaning the competition went into a penalty shootout.

Riyadh Boudebouz missed an early spot-kick for the home side and it proved to be the difference as Auxerre netted all five of his penalties to send Saint-Etienne into Ligue 2.

As Birama Toure scored his winning penalty, things turned ugly, with Saint-Etienne fans rushing to the pitch.

There were chaotic scenes as players fled the pitch (Picture: Getty Images)

Players and officials had to get off the pitch as quickly as possible as fans stormed the pitch and lashed out at players and staff trying to get down the tunnel.

When the violence started, loud explosions were heard and some flames were also hurled into the stands, filling the air with smoke.

There was little the stewards and police could have done to stop the attack on the pitch (Picture: Getty Images)

french publication RMC Sport Tear gas shells were also hurled and journalists and cameramen were struggling to deal with the smoke released, it said.

However, he also pointed out that despite the chaotic scenes, security personnel managed to clear the area from the pitch invaders.

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