PHOTOS: Saint-Étienne fans stormed the pitch and threw flares at their own players after the club were relegated to Ligue 2 in the relegation playoffs
Saint-Étienne fans went ballistic when their team was demoted to a lower French soccer league, Ligue 2, on Sunday.
Fans rushed onto the field and threw flares at players after Saint-Étienne lost in a penalty shootout.
Video shows chaos erupting on the pitch with smoke and people getting tackled left and right.
Scary footage shows players racing off the turf and looking shaken in the tunnel as they try to escape the mob, with loud bangs and pyrotechnic flames scattering the grass at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, which has been a venue for football and rugby World Cupmatches.