The Times has been giving voice in the style that long long ago led it to be called “The Thunderer”. It did so in the grand manner of the “Skibbereen Eagle” which once warned the Tsar of Russia that it had its eye on him.

On Thursday, The Times in its leader was in fine Eagle form: “The response of various bodies to the problem of Russian and Belarusian sporting participation has been patchy, ranging from the refreshingly robust, in the case of Wimbledon, to the pusillanimous, in the case of Uefa. Although European football’s governing body has suspended all Russian teams from its competitions, it has yet to expel the Russian Football Union from its ranks. The argument for doing so is overwhelming.”