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FFF charges Saint-Etienne over banners displayed during Lyon clash

The French Football Federation has charged Saint-Etienne with inciting anti-sporting behaviour during their loss to Lyon.

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Saint-Etienne fans unveil a banner against Lyon

Saint-Etienne have been charged with inciting anti-sporting behaviour by the French Football Federation (FFF) after inflammatory banners were displayed in their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Lyon.

The FFF's Council of Ethics (CNE) has moved to take action against the Ligue 1 side after a number of "tifos" were displayed at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday.

One specific banner bearing the words "No cinema, tonight we have hatred" was singled out for particular condemnation.

"The CNE regrets such a message, inciting anti-sporting behaviour and contrary to the values of football, could be displayed in a stadium," they said in a statement.

The banners were not the only incidents to mar Sunday's fixture, with a section of home fans invading the pitch after Nabil Fekir's controversial celebration of his second – and Lyon's fifth – goal.

Fekir, who held up his shirt to the Saint-Etienne fans, and the encroaching supporters are yet to be cited.

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