Schalke players, including former Arsenal players Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi, were attacked by their own fans after their team was relegated from the Bundesliga following a 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld.
A section of the club's fans, called the "ultras", pelted the players with eggs and fireworks as they expressed their fury towards the underperforming team. Kolasinac joined Schalke on loan during the January transfer window and will soon head back to Arsenal, while Mustafi signed a permanent deal.
The club had insisted that there was an agreement in place for some of the team to speak with a group of fans, but things escalated to beyond talks quickly. "Within the framework of this meeting there were some still unidentified individuals who clearly stepped over lines that are non-negotiable for Schalke," said the club in a statement (h/t The Guardian).
The statement continued, "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."
Local police, who were at the scene to calm the situation, said: "Once the team arrived and stepped off the bus there were severe protests. Eggs were thrown at the players who were also verbally attacked."