The World Cup kicks off next week in Russia amid tense relations between the host and other Western nations. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May won’t be attending due to the Skripal affair in which western allies expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats in March after a nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal. British authorities believe Russia is behind the poisoning.
We asked Claus Vetter, sports reporter for Der Tagesspiegel, how this political tension will affect the German national team. He says: “I think they’ll mainly concentrate on playing football, and that’s it.”