Hostile reception for Schalke after relegationSports | REUTERS 22 Apr 2021
Schalke 04 players and staff were threatened by fans after a 1-0 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld sealed their relegation from the German Bundesliga for the first time in 33 years.
Schalke's 21st league defeat of the season ensured the Royal Blues have no hope of escaping the drop in their final four games.
Having gone through five coaches in the current campaign, Schalke, runners-up as recently as 2018, have conceded 76 goals - more than any other team in an entire season since 2000.
Upon their return to the Schalke stadium early yesterday, they were met by some fan groups and discussed the situation. "Within the framework of this meeting there were some still unidentified individuals who clearly stepped over lines that are non-negotiable for Schalke," the club said.
Schalke are among the most fiercely supported clubs in Germany and typically draw more than 60,000 fans to home games.
"While there is understandable frustration and anger for the relegation, the club will never accept it when the physical integrity of its players and staff is put in danger," Schalke added.
"This is exactly what happened through the actions of some individuals. The club sharply condemns this behavior and naturally supports its staff."