Tears flow and tempers boil over as sorry Schalke bow out of Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

Tears flow and tempers boil over as sorry Schalke bow out of Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

The Guardian

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The club’s 33-year run in the top flight ended amid ugly scenes as fans turned on the players outside the Veltins-Arena

It was all over bar the shouting, but there was plenty of shouting to come. Schalke had finally come to the end of the Bundesliga road at Arminia Bielefeld and though the final destination was not a surprise, it was still hard to take. Youth product Timo Becker wept on the bench and the general manager, Gerald Asamoah, a hero on the pitch in better times, only just held back his own tears in front of the television cameras.

“We knew what to expect,” said Asamoah after relegation was confirmed. “But when the time finally comes, when you realise it’s now over … that’s brutal.” His words would have been fitting final ones for the evening, but it wasn’t over. Between 500 and 600 supporters were waiting at Veltins-Arena as the squad returned from Bielefeld at around 1am, and what began as a civil exchange quickly escalated with objects thrown at the players and police intervention required.

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