Schalke face Bundesliga axe

SEVEN-times Bundesliga champions and 1997 Uefa Cup winners FC Schalke are in danger of being expelled from Germany’s professional Bundesliga

Schalke, who have also won the DFB-Pokal – Germany’s FA Cup – five times, are in danger of being relegated from the Bundesliga’s second tier and their 165m euros debt could see them losing their licence.

The West German club currently sit in 15th place in the 2.Bundesliga, one position above the relegation zone but equal on points with 16th placed Eintracht Braunschweig, and 17th placed Hansa Rostock.

If Schalke get relegated to the 3.Bundesliga, the club will not receive the license required to participate due to their insurmountable debt of €165m and would be put in the Regionaliga West division.

This means Schalke would become an amateur club and will have to ‘restart’ from the fourth tier of German football.

If this were to happen, many social media user have said that this would be a dark day in German football history. Former German giants have recently lost 4-1 to fellow relegation battlers Kaiserslatern and 2-0 at home to Hamburger SV

Last week, Polish sports outlet, Transfery.Info, reported that one of Schalke’s main players will not feature for the rest of the season. Central Defender, Marcin Kaminski, played in every game since the start of the season, scoring 3 goals and wearing the captains armband a number of times.

The Polish defender’s contract runs out at the end of this season and it contains a clause whereby playing another game will trigger an automatic 12 month extension. For some reason the club are unwilling to extend the contract of the player who joined the cub in 2021 and was an important figure for Schalke in getting promotion to the Bundesliga in the 2021/22 season.

Kaminski was not featured in last week’s defeat to Kaiserslautern but that was due to a yellow card he picked up the week prior against SV Hamburg, resulting in a one game suspension.