Everton have suspended all commercial and sponsorship activities with Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota with immediate effect in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
A statement from the Premier League club 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.”
The news comes after Labor MP Chris Bryant told the Toffees to end their involvement with billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who is not officially involved with Everton, but his USM firm sponsors the club’s training ground, while another, Megafon, is Everton Women’s main shirt sponsor
The 68-year-old on Monday had his assets frozen by the European Union in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
More to follow.