Everton suspend sponsorship deals with Russian companies

London: English Premier League club Everton have suspended all the commercial and sponsorship activities with Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota with immediate effect in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The club also decided to remove signage of all three companies and messaging relating to USM, owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov, around the club and the training ground. Megafon sponsors the club’s women’s shirts, which will now be rebranded.

A statement from Everton read, “Everyone at Everton remains shocked and saddened by the appalling events unfolding in Ukraine.”

“This tragic situation must end as soon as possible, and any further loss of life must be avoided. The players, coaching staff and everyone working at Everton is providing full support to our player Vitalii Mykolenko and his family and will continue to do so,” said the statement.

Everton manager Frank Lampard addressed Usmanov’s involvement in the club by revealing the Russian billionaire was not part of the process to hire him as head coach at the end of January.

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