Players and employees have spoken of the terrifying moments after they have been kicked and punched by a mob of fans at their stadium after being relegated for the primary time in 30 years, with police saving them and opening a felony case.
Local police mentioned that as much as 600 fans of German membership Schalke had waited for the staff bus to return to their Arena AufSchalke earlier than throwing eggs and verbally abusing them following the staff’s first relegation in 30 years.
A membership assertion on Wednesday confirmed that fans and the squad had loved a “short exchange” over their decisive 1-0 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld, however one participant has now detailed the total horror of the assault.
“We were told loud and clear that we should be ashamed of ourselves and that all the players, who won’t be here next year, should f*** off from now on,” the nameless star advised Sport1.
“If that didn’t happen, life would be made a living hell for us. We were pelted with eggs, firecrackers went off and the situation escalated completely.
“The fans attacked us. We simply ran. It was worry – pure worry. I was simply working. Some of us received kicked and punched.
“I am shocked and I don’t know how we are going to compete in the next games. I also don’t understand why we were exposed to the fans this way in the first place.
Quote from an unknown Schalke player to Sport1, who explains the chaotic scenes, where they had to run away in fear and how some of his teammates were kicked by the fans. He has no idea how #S04 are going to be able to play the next couple of matches pic.twitter.com/dPzGuIBVqr
— Nicolai Lisberg (@NicolaiLisberg) April 21, 2021
“The membership mentioned that there would solely be a brief alternate. Meanwhile, the police waited away from that state of affairs.”
Schalke have endured a wretched season, going down in embarrassing fashion with four games to spare and 13 points adrift of a relegation playoff spot that could keep them in German top flight the Bundesliga.
“Police have been on website with sturdy power and have been in a position to forestall an extra escalation,” the authorities said, confirming that investigations were ongoing and that “felony in addition to administrative offence procedures have been initiated.”
The club statement raged: “For all of the comprehensible frustration and anger about relegation to the Bundesliga 2, the membership won’t ever settle for the bodily integrity of its gamers and staff being compromised.
“But that is exactly what happened last night through the actions of individuals. The club strongly condemns this behavior.”
Sporting government Peter Knabel additionally spoke out through the the club’s official site: “Some of our players had to spend the night in a hotel,” he revealed.
“It’s an absolute no-go. The most important thing now [is]: How are the players? How are the staff?”
Not to so effectively, judging by the unidentified participant’s feedback.