After a trying season on the pitch and in the stands, Saint-Etienne was relegated to Ligue 2.
Throughout the season, the climate has been volcanic in the stands of Geoffroy-Guichard with numerous incidents having cost the club from Saint-Etienne dearly. During the second leg of the play-off against AJ Auxerre, the ASSE supporters completely cracked up by invading the pitch after the penalty shootout and throwing numerous smoke bombs in the direction of the locker rooms. A surge of violence which no longer has its place in football and which is likely to cost Saint-Etienne dearly with fines from the LFP but not only. According to a certain Bafétimbi Gomis, an attentive follower of ASSE news, this bad image sent back by Saint-Etienne supporters is likely to put off potential buyers of the club when Saint-Etienne has been put up for sale by its two owners Bernard Caïazzo and Roland Romeyer.
Fans don’t help the club to be sold
“What happened has no place in a football stadium. The anger of the supporters, I understand it. Basically, there is no problem. But in form, no. Not that. Not this violence. We shoot ourselves in the foot, and it’s not the first time. launched Bafétimbi Gomis in an interview with Goal before continuing. “I too hope that the club will be sold. We’ve been talking about this sale for two or three years. It would be nice if it materialized. But seeing Roland being insulted, I find it unfair. He made mistakes but don’t make me believe he doesn’t like the club. You know, I’ve met a lot of people in my 20-year career. I talk to investors. I tell them all the good that I think of this club. But I can see that some are afraid of the supporters when that’s not Saint-Etienne.” revealed Bafétimbi Gomis, for whom it is clear that the attitude of ASSE supporters in recent months is likely to put off potential buyers of the club.