The decision imposes a closed session for the reception of Reims on May 14, pending the final verdict of the disciplinary committee, four days later.
This appeal process is the only feasible one because it is not possible to appeal to the French Football Federation against a decision taken as a precautionary measure by the LFP. But it has no suspensive effect. The CNOSF must therefore bring the two parties together quickly in order to make its proposal: either request a reduction in the sanction, or maintain it.
A possible dam behind closed doors?
In our columns, Sébastien Deneux, the chairman of the LFP disciplinary committee, recalled, after rendering his decision, that “In this season alone, Saint-Étienne has, in its disciplinary history, one match behind closed doors suspended over the entire stadium and two matches suspended from the closure of the Snella stand”.
If the CNOSF requests that the sanction be lifted as a precautionary measure, Saint-Étienne could face Reims with its public, during its only home match during the last four days of Ligue 1 (the Greens must first go to Rennes then Nice, and will end the season in Nantes).
But as there is no doubt, given the reprieve that weighs on the Saint-Etienne club, that the final decision will be a match behind closed doors, the Greens could then play a possible play-off to stay in Ligue 1 in an empty stadium. .