Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko has attacked Russia captain Artem Dzyuba and his international teammates for their silence before the Ukraine invasion.
England defender, who joined Everton from Dynamo Kyiv in January, embraces his international colleague Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of Manchester City’s clash with the Toffees at the weekend as the football world’s attention focuses on situation in their country.
However, while support for Ukraine has grown, Mykolenko remains angry that it has not extended to the players of the Russian football team.
In an Instagram post in his native language, the 22-year-old said: “While you keep quiet along with your football teammates, peaceful civilians 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.
Tuesday, meanwhile, reports that Alisher Usmanov, who has sponsorship links to Everton, has had his assets frozen as part of sanctions imposed by the European Union.
The Uzbekistan-born billionaire’s USM Holdings group sponsors Everton’s training ground, with an initial five-year deal announced in 2017.
It also has a naming rights option for the Toffees’ new stadium – a £30m deal for the club.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/vitaliy-mykolenko-criticises-russia-players-for-silence-over-ukraine-invasion-41401237.html Vitaliy Mykolenko criticizes Russian players for silence before the invasion of Ukraine