Traveling St. Etienne fans had their bus stoned on their way to Sunday's Ligue 1 match against Nice, which led to disturbing scenes within the stadium before the match began.
Once the St. Etienne supporters were inside the Allianz Riviera, they tore up their seats and threw them at the Nice fans about an hour before kickoff as retribution for the bus attack. The police moved in wearing riot gear and wielding pepper spray to take control of the situation and, according to L'Equipe, 250 St. Etienne fans were evacuated from the stadium before the match began. But not before one dangled over the railing in an attempt to escape the better equipped police force. He was pulled back to safety by his cohorts, though.
The BBC reports that a total of nine fans were injured. Despite the violence, the match went off as scheduled and St. Etienne won 1-0.
St. Etienne released a statement condemning the incident through their official website. It read:
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