Schalke 04 professionals were attacked by fans in front of the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night after returning from Bielefeld. It should have come to hunting scenes, several players are said to have been bruised. The association condemned the incidents in a statement.
After the 1-0 defeat in Bielefeld and the associated relegation to the second division, a meeting with fans took place early on Wednesday morning after the Schalke team returned to their own arena, which then escalated.
As reported by the club, “individual, previously unassigned people have crossed boundaries that are not negotiable for FC Schalke 04” as part of an exchange. Although one understands the frustration with the sporting results, but: “The club will never accept if the physical integrity of its players and employees is endangered. That is exactly what happened last night through the actions of individuals.”
The WAZ reports on further details from the night: Shortly after 1 a.m., the players arrived at the stadium and were greeted by 500 to 600 fans. After there were initially peaceful discussions, the leaders of the fan groups took the floor with insults and took action against individual players. Afterwards, “individual violent criminals” attacked players who “got away with some bruises”. At least there were no serious injuries and the players and other employees were “shocked”.
The picture Quotes Chief Inspector Matthias Büscher: “After the Schalke players returned to the arena, there should be a discussion with a group of fans. There were already indications that police were on hand. Then, unexpectedly, there was massive aggression, two players should They were kicked, eggs and pyrotechnics flew. The players ran away, our officers from the Hundred then intervened. There are no known injuries, there were no arrests. However, it is being determined whether and what reports there are against those involved in the attack. “
After returning from the Bundesliga away game at Arminia Bielefeld, there was a short-term exchange between the professional team and fan groups early on Wednesday morning (April 21) at the arena.
As part of this encounter, individual, previously unassigned people from the crowd exceeded limits that are non-negotiable for FC Schalke 04.
With all understandable frustration and all understandable anger about relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga: The club will never accept if the physical integrity of its players and employees is endangered. But that is exactly what happened last night through the actions of individuals. The club condemns this behavior in the strongest possible terms and, of course, presents itself in front of its employees.
The processing of the incident has already started. FC Schalke 04 will not make any further comments on this subject until the incident has been clarified.