Schalke have been compelled to sentence a bit of their very own followers after gamers from the German membership had been attacked with eggs following relegation from the Bundesliga.
A 1-Zero loss at Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday, Schalke’s 21st defeat of the season, confirmed they’re heading to the second tier after a disastrous marketing campaign.
It’s understood the gamers, together with Arsenal loanee Sead Kolasinac and former Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi, had been greeted by as much as 600 offended supporters after they returned to their house stadium early on Wednesday morning.
“As soon as the workforce arrived and stepped off the bus there have been extreme protests,” police mentioned in an announcement. “Eggs had been thrown on the gamers, who had been additionally verbally attacked.”
It has been an unimaginable fall from grace for Schalke, who completed runners-up within the Bundesliga simply three seasons in the past and reached the Champions League knockout levels as not too long ago as 2019.
The membership insist that whereas they will perceive frustration, there may be no excusing the actions of their supporters on Wednesday.
“There was a short change between the gamers and a few teams of followers after coming back from Bielefeld within the early hours of Wednesday morning,” Schalke mentioned in an announcement.
“Throughout the course of the encounter, some presently unidentified people overstepped boundaries which might be non-negotiable for FC Schalke 04.
“Regardless of the comprehensible frustration and anger with our relegation to the Bundesliga 2, the membership can by no means settle for the bodily endangerment of our gamers and employees. That’s precisely what occurred throughout final evening’s confrontation.
“The membership strongly condemns this behaviour and stands behind our employees. An investigation into the incident is already underway.
“FC Schalke 04 will give no additional touch upon this matter till issues are cleared up.”