Ex-Arsenal flops Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi among Schalke players ATTACKED by their own fans
Ex-Arsenal flops Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi among Schalke players ATTACKED by their own fans after gang ultras ‘eggs and fireworks’ to stars after defeat to Arminia Bielefeld sealed relegation
- Schalke fans were furious after their team was relegated from the Bundesliga
- The club was in the top 20 of best income-generating teams in 2020
- A 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld confirmed the drop and the fans waited for the bus
- When players disembarked, they were reportedly attacked with eggs and fireworks
Feeling the furious reaction from supporters after a 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday evening, Schalke’s players confirmed relegation and triggered a terrifying attack that pelted ultra-stars with eggs and fireworks.
In shocking scenes, a small section of Schalke fans mobilized after the game to channel their anger to their under-performing team, which will play in Bundesliga 2 next season.
A 600-strong crowd of Schalke fans reportedly waited for the team bus to return to their Veltins-Arena home in Gelsenkirchen at 1am before releasing a torrent of abuse, according to the Sun.
The footage captured the terrifying scenes when Schalke players were attacked by their own fans
The German giants were relegated on Tuesday-evening after losing to Arminia Bielefeld
It is the first time in 33 years that the club has dropped out of the top of German football
Former Arsenal men Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi were among the stars to be attacked as fans put their moves on the players as soon as they exited the vehicle.
Kolasinac returned to his former club during the January period and soon returned to Arsenal, with Mustafi signing a permanent deal.
A video of the ugly incident, captured from a distance, appears to have a crowd of fans sprinting after a few players who made a heady exit from the team coach.
Former Arsenal man Shkodran Mustafi (left) signed for the club in January and got swept up in the scenes, along with Gunners defender Sead Kolasinac on loan with Schalke
Several players were reportedly left bloodied after being hit with objects during the attack, while eggs and fireworks were thrown.
Local police are said to have been aware of fans gathering during the small hours to express their disappointment with the team, although they did not expect the scenes to turn violent.
Local police chief Matthias Buscher told reporters: ‘We expected a group of fans to voice their opinion against the Schalke players when their bus returned to the stadium.
‘We had been informed about it in advance, so the police were present in numbers.
Suddenly, however, there were massive attacks. Two players were hit and eggs and fireworks flew through the sky.
Schalke has since condemned the regrettable action in a strongly worded club statement.
The German side said: ‘Despite the understandable frustration and anger over our relegation to Bundesliga 2, the club can never accept the physical threat from our players and staff.
That’s exactly what happened during last night’s showdown.
‘The club strongly condemns this behavior and supports our staff. The incident is already under investigation.
FC Schalke 04 will not comment further on this until matters have been clarified.
Schalke’s relegation is only the first time in the past 33 years in which the club has dropped from the top division of Germany.
It comes just three years after they finished second in the Bundesliga, and just two years after they played in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Fireworks were also seen over the skies of Gelsenkirchen after the match’s aftermath, with local reports attributing this to echoes of Borussia Dortmund – Schalke’s historic rivals.