Russian footballer speaks out against Ukraine invasion, Schalke pulls Gazprom out of shirt

Russian footballer Fedor Smolov, 32, currently playing for his country, has become one of the first Russian sportsmen to express his grief over his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

He posted on Instagram: “No to war”.

The 32-year-old Dynamo Moscow striker posted the message hours after President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of the Russian invasion. On Wednesday, Benfica’s Ukrainian striker Roman Yaremchuk celebrated a Champions League goal by unveiling a shirt emblazoned with his country’s coat of arms.

The Champions League final is set to be away from Saint Petersburg, according to reports.

German club Schalke removed the Gazprom logo from their shirts after Russia invaded Ukraine. The Bundesliga club are sponsored by the majority Russian state-owned energy giant, but will replace the logo with ‘Schalke 04’.

“Following recent developments, FC Schalke 04 has decided to remove the logo of main sponsor GAZPROM from the club’s shirts,” the German club said in a statement.

Australian aerial skier Danielle Scott has pulled out of this weekend’s World Cup in Yaroslavl, Russia, due to the invasion.

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has said he will not race the Russian Grand Prix in September.

“I woke up shocked by the news this morning. I think it’s horrible to see what’s going on. Obviously, if you look at the calendar, we have a race planned in Russia (September 25),” said said Vettel on Thursday during pre-season testing. in Barcelona.

“My own opinion is that I shouldn’t go, I won’t,” he said. “I think it’s wrong to run around the country. I feel sorry for the innocent people who lose their lives, who get killed (for) stupid reasons and a very strange and crazy direction.”

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