Ligue 2: players laid off, supporters removed… Troyes announces sanctions after serious incidents against Valenciennes

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Violence, players and supporters clashing with smoke bombs… The meeting was the scene of a violent protest movement by fans of the Aube club, on the verge of going down to the 3rd division. The meeting did not come to an end.

L’Estac, a football club from the city of Troyes (Ligue 2) announced this Wednesday, May 8 that it had laid off four of its own players as a precautionary measure and canceled the subscriptions of nine of its supporters after the serious incidents that occurred at the end of the match between the Trojan club and Valenciennes on Friday May 3.

The match, counting for the 36th day of Ligue 2, was definitively interrupted a few minutes from the end, when the score was 1-1, after the throwing of smoke bombs onto the pitch, some of which had been sent back towards the stands by Trojan players.

The League (LFP) for its part put the case under investigation and declared as a precautionary measure the total closed session of the Aube stadium, as well as the closure of visitor areas for Trojan supporters outside, citing “the seriousness facts and (the) risk of reiteration”. “The launches of pyrotechnic devices on the field by ticket holders are considered by the club to be dangerous and irresponsible acts,” criticizes Estac in a press release, specifying that it has identified nine people thanks to video surveillance, including subscriptions and tickets have been cancelled.

“The identities of these people have also been communicated to the police authorities, who will determine whether they will be subject to prosecution,” adds the club. “In addition, we were disappointed to see four players send certain smoke bombs from the field into the stands. Despite multiple provocations, it is clear that their reactions were also dangerous. These players are now suspended as a precautionary measure,” continues Estac, without giving their identities.

Currently 17th in Ligue 2, Troyes would be condemned to relegation to the National two days from the end if it lost the match against Valenciennes, last in L2, on the green carpet.



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