Nfter the brutal attack on supporters of Bundesliga soccer club FC Schalke 04, the police launched a raid in several NRW cities. One of the objects searched was the Ultras Gelsenkirchen clubhouse, said a police spokesman in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday on request. According to the police, the operation was preceded by intensive investigative work, which is still ongoing.
Bundesliga derby at the weekend
25 objects, mainly in Essen and Dortmund, but also in Schwelm, Bergheim, Gladbeck, Beelen, Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen, would be searched by numerous emergency services. The operation is related to “violent actions at sporting events in Gelsenkirchen,” said a spokesman for the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of the Interior on request. The “Bild” newspaper had previously reported.
It’s about the attack on February 19, when more than 100 Dortmund and Essen football fans in Gelsenkirchen are said to have attacked Schalke fans at dawn who were about to leave in coaches for the away game against 1. FC Union Berlin. Four people were seriously injured.
The police are investigating the case of breach of the peace and dangerous bodily harm and are concerned about the district derby between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund next Saturday (6.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky). It cannot be ruled out that the attack on the Schalke Ultras “results in a reaction,” the police said. The derby between Schalke and Dortmund is considered a high-risk game anyway. The security authorities had also criticized the kick-off time in this context. They also imposed a ban on alcohol in and around the arena.