Schalke was forced to condemn some of his own fans after players at the German club were attacked with eggs following their relegation from the Bundesliga.
A 1-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday, Schalke’s 21st loss of the season, confirmed they are heading for second after a disastrous campaign.
It is understood that the players, including Arsenal loaner Sead Kolasinac and former Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi, were greeted by up to 600 angry supporters as they returned to their home stadium early Wednesday morning .
“After the team arrived and got off the bus, there were violent protests,” police said in a statement. “Eggs were thrown at the players, who were also verbally attacked.”
It has been an incredible drop from grace for Schalke, who finished runner-up in the Bundesliga just three seasons ago and reached the knockout stages of the Champions League as recently as 2019.
The club insist that if they can understand the frustration, there can be no excuse for the actions of their supporters on Wednesday.
“There was a brief exchange between the players and some groups of supporters after they returned from Bielefeld in the early hours of Wednesday morning,” Schalke said in a statement.
“During the meeting some currently unidentified people crossed the limits which are not negotiable for FC Schalke 04.
“Despite the understandable frustration and anger associated with our relegation to Bundesliga 2, the club can never accept the physical endangerment of our players and staff. This is exactly what happened in the showdown last night.
“The club strongly condemns this behavior and supports our staff. An investigation into the incident is already underway.
“FC Schalke 04 will not give any further comment on this until things are clarified.”