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German Anger at Schalke for Considering Russia Invitation

  • Reuters, Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:18 PM

German politicians on Thursday criticized Bundesliga giant Schalke 04 for considering an invitation to Russia to possibly meet president Vladimir Putin at a time when tensions are running high between the European power and the West over the crisis in Ukraine. Schalke is sponsored by Russian energy giant Gazprom. Earlier this week, club president Clemens Toennies told the German press that his team “would like to see the Kremlin and is interested in Moscow” but that no visit would take place before this summer’s World Cup.

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