Bastia return to Ligue 1

Bastia returned to Ligue 1 after a seven year absence on Tuesday as a 3-0 win over Metz assured them not only of promotion, but also they would finish as champions.

The Corsican side, who won the 1981 Coupe de France and reached the 1978 UEFA Cup final, were recording their second successive promotion under coach Frederic Haentz having come up from the third division last term.

Their promotion comes just four days before the 20th anniversary of the Furiani Stadium tragedy which claimed the lives of 18 spectators and injured 2,500 when a stand collapsed during their Coupe de France semi-final with Marseille.