Sunday evening, AS Saint-Étienne ended its 2021-22 fiscal year in total chaos. Hundreds of supporters invaded the pitch and threw smoke bombs at the players and the presidential stand after the formalization of the descent to Ligue 2 following the loss of the play-off against AJ Auxerre. Unfortunate incidents which did not remain without consequences since the Greens filed a complaint against X yesterday and the LFP Disciplinary Committee decided to put the file under investigation. A sad end to a season which on the ground and behind the scenes has been a disaster.
A difficult year
Indeed, in its edition of the day, The Team tells the long story of ASSE’s descent into hell. A club on the verge of implosion which had to manage many injuries, but also significant internal problems. Arrived on the Stéphanois bench during the season to replace Claude Puel and put the train back on the right track, Pascal Dupraz was not unanimous. A technician who has paid dearly for his smugness.
On several occasions, he attacked Pascal Gastien. In February, he said after the 2-1 win at Clermont: “We are no longer last. It counts, but it’s anecdotal and the credit goes to the players. It’s good to have beaten the pawn to this Clermont team which claims the precepts of Pep Guardiola (…) We still have to remain vigilant with fourteen matches to play. I’m happy to have shown Pascal Gastien that a mountaineer could get his team to play. He’s a great boy, but he’s not fair play. He’s always squealing all the time, it’s annoying.”
Dupraz under tension
Today, Clermont is in L1. Not ASSE. Big mouth, Dupraz had talked a little too much. In March, he dropped: “If we are maintained and there are still matches for Geoffroy Guichard, maybe I will go to the stands. (…) If we keep this rhythm of two points per game until the end of the season, we will be able to take a turn in the kops before the hour”. It was finally the supporters who took to the field to show their anger last Sunday during the return barrage. Pascal Dupraz was also freaked out in the draw in Bordeaux on April 20. In the mixed zone, he came to blows with André Monteiro, David Guion’s Portuguese assistant.
Wahbi Khazri and Denis Bouanga, who will ask journalists not to publish the images, will come to separate the two men. Despite this incident, Dupraz did not calm down and continued to tackle at all costs. During the first leg, the former ETG coach put his team’s failure down to the lack of air conditioning in the locker room. But on the return, his team could not do better than a draw (1-1) before losing during the penalty shootout. A massive blow for ASSE, which had started filming a documentary for Prime Video retracing the backstage of the club’s comeback. Despite the denials of the Greens, the broadcast of it was scheduled for Thursday. One more quack.
Players singled out
If Dupraz and the management take a lot of money, in particular Roland Romeyer whose home had been tagged, the players, too, have their share of responsibility. Indeed, the Saint-Etienne locker room is not exempt from all reproaches according to The Team. The sports daily reveals tasty anecdotes. Thus, we learn that Romain Hamouma injured his right wrist (rupture of a ligament) by hitting a punching bag during Wahbi Khazri’s birthday organized on March 3 in a bowling alley. Result: seven matches away for the operated player. Mahdi Camara, he broke the nose and damaged the mouth of Yanis Bourbia. The latter, goalkeeper of the N3 team, had insulted and pushed Camara’s mother during a match.
Camara had therefore taken him out of the locker room before beating him up. Vibe. The Team also reports that Wahbi Kahzri would have negotiated a maintenance bonus before the last day of Ligue 1 against Nantes. This would have surprised the leaders, who refused, preferring to donate the money to club employees who work tirelessly. Players coach, through management, all were guilty of the descent of the Greens. Greens who have obviously dug their own grave this year if we rely on the secrets revealed this Wednesday.