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Saint-Etienne fans delay their Ligue 1 clash with Angers while calling for Claude Puel’s resignation

Saint-Etienne fans delay their Ligue 1 clash with Angers by throwing FLARES onto the field as they call for boss Claude Puel to resign … but the boys in the basement score the tie in stoppage time with the coach letting out a great roar!

  • Saint-Etienne salvaged a last-gasp 2-2 draw against Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday
  • But the result was overshadowed by protests from the Les Verts ultras technician.
  • Fans revealed a banner calling for the firing of former Leicester boss Claude Puel
  • The fans then launched flares onto the field, burning the nets and grass.
  • The game was delayed before it finally got going almost an hour later.


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Saint-Etienne fans delayed their Ligue 1 showdown with Angers when they fired flares and demanded that coach Claude Puel be sacked, forcing riot police to guard the locker rooms.

The French team sit at the bottom of Ligue 1 after failing to win a single game so far this season. Saint-Etienne has scored just 11 goals, while he has leaked in 25 at the opposite end of the field.

Puel, who has been in charge of Les Stephanois since October 2019, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, exacerbated by a 5-1 loss in Strasbourg last week.

Saint-Etienne fans delayed their Ligue 1 clash with Angers as they threw flares onto the pitch

Saint-Etienne fans delayed their Ligue 1 clash with Angers as they threw flares onto the pitch

The ultras of Les Verts delayed the match in protest and demanded the dismissal of coach Claude Puel

The ultras of Les Verts delayed the match in protest and demanded the dismissal of coach Claude Puel

The ultras of Les Verts delayed the match in protest and demanded the dismissal of coach Claude Puel

The fans unveiled a banner blaming the coach, players and managers for the chaos

The fans unveiled a banner blaming the coach, players and managers for the chaos

The fans unveiled a banner blaming the coach, players and managers for the chaos

Now, Les Verts fans let their anger flare on Friday as they used a massive protest to call for Puel’s removal.

The fans forced their way down the stands, unveiling a banner that read: “We’ve talked enough, you’re making us bankrupt.”

While another was lifted from the stands, declaring: ‘Puel, directors, players, you are all responsible for this chaos.’

Before kickoff, the fans came down from the stands with another sign that read “enough talking.”

The flares thrown on the pitch throw the nets and ruin the grass, preventing the kick-off.

The flares thrown on the pitch throw the nets and ruin the grass, preventing the kick-off.

The flares thrown on the pitch throw the nets and ruin the grass, preventing the kick-off.

Local fans fired flares at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard during the players’ warm-up, setting fire to their own goal nets and the pitch to prevent kick-off.

The game was delayed because players were escorted back through the tunnel, while Puel appeared to have his own protection squad of French riot police guarding the entrance to protect him from his own fans.

The match finally started an hour later than scheduled, but things turned from bad to worse for Sainte, as Angers took the lead through Ismael Traore after 29 minutes.

Saint-Etienne fans called for Puel's resignation (above) after a winless start to the season

Saint-Etienne fans called for Puel's resignation (above) after a winless start to the season

Saint-Etienne fans called for Puel’s resignation (above) after a winless start to the season

French riot police gathered around the tunnel entrance to protect the manager.

French riot police gathered around the tunnel entrance to protect the manager.

French riot police gathered around the tunnel entrance to protect the manager.

It looked like another gloomy, winless night for Puel’s team when Angelo Fulgini shot the visitors 2-0 early in the second period.

But Wahbi Khazri’s free kick gave Saint Etienne a lifeline as they caught one back, before Mickael Nade headed home in the 94th minute to equalize.

The injury time tie saved a point for the hosts and Puel lives to watch another match, but the club’s winless start to the season was extended to 11 matches and they remain at the bottom of the table.

Mickael Nade headed home in the 94th minute to equalize and save a point for the hosts

Mickael Nade headed home in the 94th minute to equalize and save a point for the hosts

Mickael Nade headed home in the 94th minute to equalize and save a point for the hosts

Puel had already risked fan fury earlier this week when he said he wasn’t under “pressure” just one day before the game.

“I think the fans will support their team and that is the most important thing,” he said, through talkSPORT.

“We are at home and we must put pressure on our rivals and not have an environment that undermines our team.

Puel already risked the fury of the fans claiming that he was not under 'any pressure' before the game

Puel already risked the fury of the fans claiming that he was not under 'any pressure' before the game

Puel already risked the fury of the fans claiming that he was not under ‘any pressure’ before the game

Les Verts scratched a point but the fans have not hesitated to make their displeasure known

Les Verts scratched a point but the fans have not hesitated to make their displeasure known

Les Verts scratched a point but the fans have not hesitated to make their displeasure known

For me there is no pressure. I am completely focused on what we have to do and how to make the team perform. ”

The Saint-Etienne ultras responded by putting up a banner outside the training ground telling the former Leicester boss he only had 24 hours to resign.

In total, Puel has taken over 81 games as Saint-Etienne coach, winning 24, drawing 21 and losing 36. Failure to win against Angers on Friday has seen the team equal its worst 13-game winless streak. in Ligue 1. registered between July and September 1988.

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