Everton Football Club has stopped all sponsorship activities with Russian companies Megafon, Yota, and USM. The club has also planned to remove the signage of all these 3 companies in a £500,000 move.
Everton will remove all messaging and signage related to USM, which is currently owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov, around the training grounds and the club. The club’s women team’s shirts are sponsored by Megafon which will also be rebranded now.
The matchday program will be reprinted without any reference to the Russian sponsors.
Sky Sports News understands the entire rebranding move will cost the club around £500,000.
Everton’s Statements On The Current Events
A statement from the Toffees 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.”
This news came after MP Chris Bryant told the club to end their involvement with Alisher. He is not officially linked with Everton but USM is the club’s training ground sponsor while Megafon was the 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.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Bryant said last week: “Alisher Usmanov has already been sanctioned by the EU but not yet by the UK. But I suspect he will be pretty soon on a UK list and Everton should certainly be cutting ties with him already.”
Usmanov released a statement on Tuesday via the International Fencing Federation where he was president since 2008. The statement read: “On 28 February 2022, I became the target of restrictive measures imposed by the European Union.