English club Everton announced today, Wednesday, the immediate termination of its contracts with all Russian commercial partnerships, rejecting Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The English club Everton published an official statement on its official website and account on Twitter in which it confirmed its support for the State of Ukraine and the team player Vitaly Mikolenko, and also suspended sponsorship contracts with Russian companies, after freezing the assets of its owner.
The European Football Association decided to freeze the assets of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, a shareholder in Everton club.
A club statement read: “Everyone at Everton continues to be shocked and saddened by the horrific events taking place in Ukraine.”
“This tragic situation must end as quickly as possible, and any further loss of life must be avoided,” the statement added.
Everton continued: “The players, coaching staff and everyone working at Everton fully support our player Vitaly Mikolenko and his family and will continue to do so.”
“The club can confirm that it has immediately halted all commercial sponsorship arrangements with the Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota,” the statement read.
The European Union decided to freeze the assets of the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, a shareholder in the English club (Everton), after the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
The British newspaper (Telegraph) reported that the European Union described Usmanov as a strong supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has an arm in the Ukraine war, while the restrictions include a ban on the availability of funds and travel within the Union.
The Usmanov Company sponsors the Everton training ground and owns the exclusive title at the new Everton stadium.