Saint-Etienne facing UEFA rap for Old Trafford flares

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Fans of the Ligue 1 side let off dozens of flares during their Europa League meeting with Manchester United and UEFA has opened a disciplinary case

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against Saint-Etienne over the conduct of the French club's fans during their Europa League match with Manchester United on Thursday.

Dozens of red and green flares were set off in the away end of Old Trafford shortly before kick-off, causing a significant amount of smoke to billow across the pitch.

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UEFA has announced that they will investigate alleged breached of two other crowd offences, with the organisation's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board to convene on the issue on March 23.

"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 February 16, 2017 at Old Trafford," a statement confirmed.

"The following proceedings have been opened against AS Saint-Etienne for the following infringements:

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"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."

United triumphed 3-0 to secure a substantial aggregate lead, thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first hat-trick for the club.

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