Everton suspended commercial relations with Alisher Usmanov’s companies after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The Uzbekistan-born billionaire is the founder of the Russian private company USM and has had his assets frozen as part of sanctions imposed by the European Union in response to Russia’s continued attack.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is chairman of the board of USM Holdings, which has funded Everton’s training ground since agreeing to an initial five-year contract in 2017. It also has the option of naming rights to the Toffees’ new stadium – a deal worth it. £30 million for the club.
MegaFon is among USM and Everton Women’s businesses that signed a multi-year key partnership agreement with the telecom operator in October 2020, when Yota – part of MegaFon Group – was added up its sleeve.
The brand will be removed from Goodison Park and training facility Finch Farm after the Premier League club confirmed the immediate suspension of agreements with the three companies.
An Everton statement read: “Everyone at Everton remains shocked and saddened by the appalling events taking place in Ukraine.
“This tragic situation must end as soon as possible, and any further loss of life must be avoided.
“The players, staff and everyone working at Everton are giving their utmost support to our player Vitalii Mykolenko and his family and will continue to do so.
“The club can confirm that it has suspended with immediate effect all trade sponsorship agreements with the Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota.”
Ukraine international Mykolenko joined Everton from Dynamo Kyiv in January.
The 22-year-old full-back attacked Russia captain Artem Dzyuba and his international teammates on Tuesday for their silence before the invasion of Ukraine.
In an Instagram post in her native language, Mykolenko said: “While you remain silent along with your main football teammates, peaceful people are being killed in Ukraine.
“You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m very willing.”
Mykolenko’s post comes a day after FIFA and UEFA suspended Russia from all competitions.
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