Bayern apologise after fans' 'inexplicable' rampage

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has apologised for the 'inexplicable' behaviour of fans of the club who went on the rampage in Gelsenkirchen after Saturday's 3-1 Bundesliga win at Schalke

Employees of a security service check fans at the entrance to the Veltins-Arena.   -  REUTERS

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has apologised for the 'inexplicable' behaviour of fans of the club who went on the rampage in Gelsenkirchen after Saturday's 3-1 Bundesliga win at Schalke.

"For me, and all of us (at Bayern), it is absolutely inexplicable, especially in these moments after the terrible experiences in Paris, to act so disrespectfully towards society and football," fumed Rummenigge.

"Bayern Munich dissociates itself unequivocally with these so-called supporters of our club. I apologise to Schalke and to all those who suffered damage."

Rummenigge said the reigning German champions are in conversation with the authorities in Gelsenkirchen and wants to see those Bayern fans involved in Saturday's violent scenes face charges.

According to police, a group of Bayern fans, in co-operation with a gang of fans from second-division side VfL Bochum, stormed the ticket office at Schalke's Veltins Arena in 'an extremely violent attack'. A spokesman said 196 football supporters were detained, several arrests were made and there were some injuries in the fracas after police intervened.

Bochum have also apologised for their fans' behaviour and Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt admitted he was bemused by the incident.

"It was unnecessary and totally out of place. I don't understand what fans of a second-division club would want to do in the away section at our ground," said Heldt.