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Fear of death at the stadium: Schalke fan complains: “I was afraid of dying” – Bundesliga

After the frenzy of Schalke comes the trouble with the promotion!

For the first time, a trailer in BILD describes how dramatic the minutes were after the final whistle at the Gelsenkirchen Arena last Saturday.

Fear of death: this fan accuses Schalke!

Ralf Höfs (57) was standing in front of the north stand on the metal railing in a denim jacket and royal blue shirt when, at the end of the match, thousands of joyful Knappen fans suddenly rushed behind him to take storm the field. Only with a little luck did he eventually escape a catastrophe …

Höfs: “It wasn’t my first time on the north stand, but in my opinion there were too many people in the stands during this match. It was pure chaos! I was crushed and couldn’t breathe. I was very afraid of dying!”

Despite the calls for help and the signals, Höfs was pushed further and further, suspended helplessly above the breakwater. Next to him the elderly and children in a similar desperate situation. But instead of the help, he would have been despised by the employees of the responsible security service, the “Stölting Gruppe” of Gelsenkirchen (on the field since 2020).


Schalke fan Ralf Höfs (in denim jacket) hangs unconscious from the parapet of the north bend.  A man tries to help him and knock him down

Schalke fan Ralf Höfs (in denim jacket) hangs unconscious from the parapet of the north bend. A man tries to help him and knock him downPhoto: EPA

Höfs: “I screamed for help at the top of my voice, but the Stölting employees in orange jackets burst out laughing. I will never forget this dramatic situation in my life!”

After that, the memory of the Essen tram driver stopped. Höfs passed out and suffered a bruise in his chest, among other things. Only one (still) unknown man recognized the situation, climbed onto the shoulders of a police officer and dragged the unconscious Hofs along the wall into the stadium moat. From there, he was taken to a corridor of the arena for emergency medical care and later to the hospital.


Ralf Höfs in hospital: in the end the fan got away with it

In the hospital: In the end, Höfs managed to get away “only” with bruises and bruisesPhoto: private

Promotion to the Bundesliga and fear of death – the fan does not want to accept it without further ado: “I find it scandalous that Schalke are minimizing the situation in this way. They want to cleverly sweep it under the carpet. “

Höfs wants to sue the security service for failing to assist and also asks his lawyer to check to what extent he can also sue Schalke 04.

► When asked by the BILD, the club said Wednesday that it would “closely follow the leads”, but still needed time to clear all the processes. The “Stölting Group” declined to comment, referring instead to S04.


rescuers wanted!  On Facebook, Ralf Höfs tries to find the man who helped him get out of the north stand while he was unconscious

rescuers wanted! On Facebook, Ralf Höfs tries to find the man who helped him get out of the north stand while he was unconsciousPhoto: twitter

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