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Schalke players were attacked and chased down the street by their own fans in terrifying scenes following the club's relegation from the Bundesliga.
After Schalke's return to the Veltins-Arena late on Wednesday, following a 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld that confirmed the club's relegation, 500 to 600 fans were waiting for the team. The squad included Sead Kolasinac (on loan from Arsenal) and former Gunner Shkodran Mustafi.
Some of the fans threatened the players, bombarded them with eggs and - in scenes captured on video - chased some of the players along the perimeter of the stadium. It's frightening to watch.
One of the players fleeing the Ultras appears to be Schalke striker Mark Uth who - according to ESPN's Bundesliga reporter Archie Rhind-Tutt - was called a "son of a bitch" in the video.
As soon as the midweek away result confirmed Schalke's relegation from the German top flight for the first time in 33 years, some supporters began gathering at the stadium to let off flares and fireworks in protest.
Things apparently escalated after the team coach arrived and - although Schalke explained in a statement that there was an agreement in place that the team would talk to a group of fans - clearly some individuals went dangerously too far.
"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, per the Guardian.
"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 were involved to try to calm the situation and the police force explained in a statement afterwards: "Once the team arrived and stepped off the bus there were severe protests.
"Eggs were thrown at the players who were also verbally attacked."
Thankfully, it does not appear as though any of the Schalke players were physically harmed during the confrontation.
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