Cologne –

Pure relief: for the billy goats, the Bundesliga season goes into overtime. With a win by 1. FC Köln against FC Schalke 04, the club jumped to 16th place. During the game there were nevertheless clashes between Cologne supporters and the police.

  • 1. FC Köln creates relegation
  • 1-0 win against FC Schalke 04
  • Pyros and bottles thrown at the stadium

1. FC Köln: bottle throws after a near goal

As a reaction to Sebastian Andersson’s failure to score 1-0, the mood suddenly changed, as police spokesman Christoph Gilles told EXPRESS on request.

Shards, firecrackers exploded: Junkersdorfer Strasse looked bad after the crowds of fans.

Accordingly, fireworks were increasingly ignited at the time. When the Cologne police stepped in, bottles and firecrackers were thrown at the officers. Several fans in the front rows were injured who were hit.

According to the police, an employee of the WDR was injured “by being hit and kicked by an attacker”. 24 people were arrested on site, seven of whom were taken into police custody.

According to a police statement from the evening, several police officers also suffered injuries, including lacerations, cuts and bang trauma.

Occasionally, real hunting scenes took place on the Jahnwiesen.

After FC relegation: A lot of work for the Cologne police

After the final whistle, Junkersdorfer Strasse emptied more and more. At around 6.30 p.m., around 200 fans, most of them Ultras, were standing in front of the stadium, chanting FC chants and waiting for the team bus to leave.

FC fans when the team bus arrives on May 22, 2021

When the FC team bus arrived on May 22, 2021, Junkersdorfer Strasse was already full of fans. As the game progressed, the crowd threw bottles at the police officers.

At the concrete car, the work of art “Resting Traffic” by Wolf Vostell, otherwise the goal of thousands of football fans after FC or national team successes, things remained quiet this time.

“Nothing has been won yet,” said a man near a kiosk on Rudolfplatz after the final whistle. He let the FC anthem run in a loop. A family man stopped at the traffic light with several panzers cheering: “Today the first thing that counts is that we have not dismounted!”

Cheering FC fans on the rings on May 22, 2021.

Young FC fans celebrate after the relegation rescue on May 22, 2021 on the Kölner Ringen.

Many fans, especially the peaceful ones, were at the end of their nerves. What a finale. And the FC has not finished yet. The relegation is likely to mean a lot of work for the Cologne police.

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