This weekend I've seen plenty of Stop War and its Spanish translation of ‘No a la guerra’ messages when watching LaLiga games and it made me reflect. Of course, none of us want a war but I'd prefer that the message read ‘No to the invasion of Ukraine’, or indeed STOP PUTIN. The attack by Russia is inhumane and of course this has led to war, but only a war that one side has sought. The condemnation should be stronger and make the average Russian aware of the damage the attack is causing to the nation's reputation globally. Many already know, the braver have taken to the streets in protest but the message needs to reach the average man and woman who are being fed lies by the state run media outlets.
I've been very encouraged by some of the reactions from many in the world of sport. Apart from Russian UEFA committee member Dmitri Peskov, no-one has spoken out about UEFA's decision to stage the Champions League final in Paris and not in Vladimir Putin's home town of Saint Petersburg. Despite UEFA's relationship with Gazprom, they moved quickly in condemning he attacks and held an emergency meeting to deal with the situation. Their decision to move the final and not permit any of their competitions to take place on Russian soil sends a powerful message to everyone.