First of all, the action by the police was neither agreed with club officials nor is there any way it would have been requested or approved. The facts that led up to it: fans in the North Stand displayed a flag of Komiti Skopje, the Ultras of Vardar Skopje, who are friends of the Schalke Ultras. In the opinion of the police this flag constitutes an act of incitement to ethnic hatred.
This action was totally disproportionate. We absolutely cannot endorse it and do not have even the slightest understanding for it.Peter Peters“
The flag was seen by PAOK fans as a massive provocation. The situation in the away section began to escalate and the Greek fans threatened to "attack" the North Stand and thus force the match to be abandoned. However, the fact should not go unmentioned that bangers and pyrotechnics had been let off in the visitors section prior to that and also numerous banners of an equally provocative nature had been hung up.
Appeals and demands by the police to stop displaying the Skopje flag in the North Stand were ignored by the Schalke supporters, which led to the drastic consequences described above. "This action was totally disproportionate. We absolutely cannot endorse it and do not have even the slightest understanding for it," said board member Peter Peters in condemnation of the police approach. "We therefore believe it should be discussed as a matter of urgency. It is imperative that this incident be thoroughly investigated."