UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against St Etienne for their supporters’ behavior in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Manchester United.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick secured United a comfortable 3-0 win in the first leg of their last-32 tie at Old Trafford, where the raucous travelling fans made their presence known.
However, some of the over-zealous aspects of that support have led governing body UEFA to take action against St Etienne.
A statement from European football’s governing body read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against AS Saint-Etienne due to the behaviour of their supporters during their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match against Manchester United FC on 16 February 2017 at Old Trafford.
“The following proceedings have been opened against AS Saint-Etienne for the following infringements: Setting off of firework – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR); Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) DR; Improper conduct of supporters – Art. 16 (2) DR.”
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will meet to deal with the case at its meeting on March 23 – 29 days after next Wednesday&’s second leg at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.