Former Arsenal flops Sead Kolasinac and Shkodra Mustafi among Schalke players ATTACKED by their fans after an ultras gang ‘threw eggs and fireworks’ at the stars after losing to Arminia Bielefeld sealed relegation
- Schalke fans were furious after their team was relegated from the Bundesliga
- The club is ranked among the top 20 revenue-generating parties in 2020
- A 1-0 defeat by Arminia Bielefeld confirmed the drop and the fans were waiting for the bus
- As the players disembarked, they were attacked with eggs and fireworks
Schalke players felt a furious reaction from supporters on Tuesday night after a 1-0 defeat by Arminia Bielefeld confirmed the relegation and launched a terrifying attack in which ultrasounds pounded the stars with eggs and fireworks.
In the shocking scenes, a small part of Schalke fans mobilized after the match to direct their anger towards their insufficiently successful team, which will play in the Bundesliga 2 next season.
A chance for Schalke fans of 600 people waited for the team bus to return to their Weltins-Arena house in Gelsenkirchen at 1am, before disembarking a torrent of abuse, according to the Sun.
The footage recorded terrifying scenes as Schalke players were posted by their fans
The German giant dropped out on Tuesday night after a defeat by Arminia Bielefeld
It is the first time in 33 years that the club has dropped out of the highest rank of German football
Former Arsenal men Sead Kolasinac and Shkodra Mustafi were among the stars on target, as fans rushed at the players as soon as they left the vehicle.
Kolasinac returned to his former club on loan in January and will soon return to Arsenal, while Mustafi signed a contract.
A video of an ugly incident trapped from afar shows a crowd of fans sprinting after several players left the team’s coach in vain.
Former Arsenal player Skadran Mustafi (left) signed for the club in January and was caught on stage, along with gunner defender Sead Kolasinac who was on loan at Schalke
Several players were reportedly left bleeding after being hit with objects during the onslaught, while eggs and fireworks were thrown.
Local police were reportedly aware of the gathering of fans during the small hours to express their disappointment in the team, although they did not expect the scenes to become violent.
Local police chief Matthias Buscher told reporters: ‘We expected a group of fans to speak out to Schalke players when their bus returned to the stadium.
‘We were informed about it beforehand, so the police were present in numbers.
‘However, suddenly there were mass attacks. Two players were hit, and eggs and fireworks flew through the air.
Schalke, meanwhile, sharply regretted the action in a strongly worded club statement.
The German side said: ‘Despite understandable frustration and anger over the relegation to the Bundesliga 2, the club can never accept the physical vulnerability of our players and staff.
‘It just happened during last night’s showdown.
‘The club strongly condemns this behavior and stands behind our staff. An investigation into the incident is already underway.
‘FC Schalke 04 will not comment further on this issue until things are clarified.’
Schalke’s relegation is only the first time in the last 33 years that the club has been relegated from Germany’s top league.
That comes just three years after they finished as Bundesliga runners-up, and just two years after they played in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Fireworks were also seen crackling over Gelsenkirchen’s skies after the game, and local reports attribute that to Borussia Dortmund’s ultras – historical rivals Schalke.