Schalke players including Arsenal loanee Sead Kolasinac attacked with eggs by own fans as hundreds protest against Bundesliga relegation
Schalke have been forced to condemn a section of their own fans after players from the German club were attacked with eggs following relegation from the Bundesliga.
A 1-0 loss at Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday, Schalke’s 21st defeat of the season, confirmed they are heading to the second tier after a disastrous campaign.
It is understood the players, including Arsenal loanee Sead Kolasinac and former Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi, were greeted by up to 600 angry supporters when they returned to their home stadium early on Wednesday morning.
“Once the team arrived and stepped off the bus there were severe protests,” police said in a statement. “Eggs were thrown at the players, who were also verbally attacked.”
It has been an incredible fall from grace for Schalke, who finished runners-up in the Bundesliga just three seasons ago and reached the Champions League knockout stages as recently as 2019.
The club insist that while they can understand frustration, there can be no excusing the actions of their supporters on Wednesday.
“There was a brief exchange between the players and some groups of fans after returning from Bielefeld in the early hours of Wednesday morning,” Schalke said in a statement.
“During the course of the encounter, some currently unidentified individuals overstepped boundaries that are non-negotiable for FC Schalke 04.
“Despite the understandable frustration and anger with our relegation to the Bundesliga 2, the club can never accept the physical endangerment of our players and staff. That is exactly what occurred during last night’s confrontation.
“The club strongly condemns this behaviour and stands behind our staff. An investigation into the incident is already underway.
“FC Schalke 04 will give no further comment on this matter until things are cleared up.”