In a media round on Thursday, Schalke team manager Gerald Asamoah and sports director Peter Knäbel commented on the terrifying incidents of violence around the arena. Wednesday night’s procedures raise many questions.
The relegation of Schalke 04 to the Bundesliga is bitter certainty. Even if the move to the lower house was foreseeable – the final confirmation gnaws at the club’s soul. This became more than clear in the statements made by Gerald Asamoah after the bankruptcy in Bielefeld. The team manager probably spoke from the heart of most S04 supporters.
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What followed on this black evening or on Wednesday night, however, cannot and must not be explained with relegation frustration. When the players’ bus stopped at the Veltins-Arena, the entourage of around 500 people was expected. You shouldn’t give them the title “fans”.
A meeting was planned from the club side. But not that it escalated completely and even ended in physical violence. “They wanted to talk, we should just listen,” Asamoah said in a media panel on Thursday. It was he who got off the team bus first and faced the assembled people.
First, the team and those responsible were verbally abused. But then there was a hunt around the arena, in which players and employees were followed and some were beaten or kicked. Several players are said to have suffered from bruises. An S04 professional who wanted to remain anonymous spoke about the incidents. It is a terrifying report!
“I have two pictures in particular,” Asamoah reported on Thursday. “An employee was lying on the floor and was kicked.” And: “The fear in Buyos [Mike Büskens] I will never forget eyes again. “Sports director Peter Knäbel, who was also present in the media round, spoke of bruises on some of the team.” Overall, however, the emotional damage is greater than the physical, “he pointed out.
After these incidents one can be happy that the next game against Hertha has been postponed and that there is no game at the weekend. The real Schalke supporters have already distanced themselves. Nevertheless, the question remains who came up with the idea of facing a 500-man mob that night, a few hours after the descent. The risk that this scenario could degenerate should have been recognized in advance.
The role of the police also remains questionable. Why did the police hold back and apparently let the mob unhindered into the arena ring? There are questions that Schalke wants to and has to clarify meticulously in cooperation with the police!