Gelsenkirchen police confirmed they had been on website on the Veltins Enviornment as footage printed on social media confirmed that followers chased a number of the membership’s gamers on the stadium perimeters, and although police couldn’t verify the authenticity of the video, sources informed ESPN these scenes had been from early Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, a 1-0 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld noticed Schalke relegated for the primary time in 30 years. With solely 4 matches left, the Royal Blues are 13 factors off the relegation playoff place.
Police had been current as fan teams and the Schalke squad met for a “quick discover trade,” the membership mentioned in an announcement launched on Wednesday.
Gelsenkirchen police mentioned in an announcement, additionally launched on Wednesday, that “500 to 600 folks” waited for the group on the Veltins Enviornment. When the gamers left the group bus “eggs had been thrown at them and so they had been verbally abused,” the police added.
“Police had been on website with sturdy drive and had been in a position to forestall an additional escalation,” the assertion mentioned, including that investigations had been nonetheless ongoing and “felony in addition to administrative offence procedures have been initiated.”
“A few of our gamers needed to spend the night time in a lodge,” Schalke sporting govt Peter Knabel mentioned. “It is an absolute no-go. Crucial factor now: How are the gamers? How are the workers?”
In the meantime, Sport1 printed quotes from an unnamed participant.
“We had been informed loud and clear that we ought to be ashamed of ourselves and all of the gamers, who will not be right here subsequent yr, ought to f— off to any extent further,” the participant is reported as saying. “If that does not occur, life can be made a residing hell for us.
“We had been pelted with eggs, firecrackers went off and the scenario escalated utterly. The followers attacked us. We simply ran. It was worry, pure worry! I used to be simply working. A few of us received kicked and punched. I’m shocked, and I do not understand how we’re going to compete within the subsequent video games. I additionally do not perceive why we had been uncovered to the followers this manner within the first place. The membership mentioned that there would solely be a brief trade. In the meantime, the police waited away from that scenario.”
Schalke mentioned “limits had been overstepped” and “for all of the comprehensible frustration and anger due to the relegation into Bundesliga 2, the membership won’t ever settle for if the bodily integrity of its gamers and workers is put in danger. However that’s precisely what occurred final night time via the act of people.”
Native outlet WAZ reported that the gamers had been largely left unhurt and “received away with just a few bruises.”
In the meantime, Borussia Dortmund extremely teams celebrated the relegation of their native rivals by setting off fireworks near the Veltins Enviornment.