According to reports. Schalke players may play no part in the rest of the Bundesliga season after the club was relegated from the German top flight.
The issue is not even the relegation but the reaction of the club’s fans to the relegation as there were frightening fan protests which resulted in the team being attacked by its supporters.
Peter Knable, an executive at the club disclosed that the club would listen to its players and respect their individual decisions after up to 600 fans converged outside the Veltins Arena in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Footage that went viral on social media showed fans chasing players after they alighted from the team bus, hours after the club was relegated for the first time from the Bundesliga since 1988.
According to the German police, supporters verbally abused players and also threw eggs at them. The season is very close to an end with just 4 games left and Knabel told German publication Sportschau that the situation remains open.
“I can live with every decision as long as that decision is within legal limits,” Knabel said. “We have to see how the lads are doing.”
The relegation came as a shock for a team of Schalke’s caliber but was in view after series of woeful performances in all competitions this season.
They were dealt the final blow by Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday in a 1 nil defeat via a goal by Fabian Klos in the 50th minute which saw the club languishing at the bottom with 13 points from 30 games.
Aggrieved fans waited for the team bus after the defeat and demanded to speak to the players before the situation escalated.
A Schalke player told ESPN: “The events were frightening. We knew there would be response, but none of us expected this.”