Vitaliy Mykolenko: Everton and Ukrainian defender lashed out at Russian players in comprehensive Instagram post | Football News

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Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko has criticized Russia captain Artem Dzyuba and his international teammates for being silent about the Ukraine invasion.

The Ukrainian defender, who joined Everton from Dynamo Kiev in January, hugged fellow international Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of Manchester City’s weekend clash with the Toffees as the football world’s attention focused on their country’s fate.

But while support for Ukraine is widespread, Cherkasy-born Mykolenko is furious that it hasn’t spread to players on the Russian football team.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko reacted to sports sanctions against his country, saying that Russia has always believed that sport is beyond politics.

The 22-year-old actor addressed Dzyuba in an abusive Instagram post in his native language, saying that the actors will “never be forgiven” for their actions.

The message on her Instagram story was: “While you bitch and your c**p football players are silent, @artem.dzyuba, civilians are being killed in Ukraine. You and especially your children will be locked in your shit hole your whole life. And I am sincerely happy about that. You will never be forgiven. »

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the sports world to do more to cut ties with Russia as the occupation of Ukraine continues.

Mykolenko’s post came just weeks before the world faced Poland in a Cup playoff semi-final, a day after Russia was banned from all competition by FIFA and UEFA.

Everton urged to cut ties with Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov, who has sponsorship links with Everton, froze assets under European Union sanctions, while Labor MP Chris Bryant urged the club to cut ties with the billionaire.

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Labor MP Chris Bryant has called on Everton to end business relations with billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

The Uzbek-born Usmanov is not officially affiliated with Everton, but his company, USM, sponsors the club’s training ground, while another, Megafon, is Everton’s main women’s jersey sponsor.

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Labor MP Chris Bryant said he expects Usmanov to be sanctioned by the UK in the near future, adding that he believes the same prospect has “terrified” Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

Bryant said: “Alisher Usmanov has already been sanctioned by the EU but has not yet been confirmed by England. But I suspect he will be in the England squad soon and Everton should definitely cut ties with him.

Usmanov made a statement Tuesday through the International Fencing Federation, which he has chaired since 2008. The statement included the following statements: “On February 28, 2022, I became the target of the restrictive measures brought by the European Union.

“I believe that such a decision is unfair and the grounds for the sanctions are some baseless and defamatory allegations that damage my honor, reputation and commercial reputation. I will use all legal means to protect my honor and reputation.

“I hereby suspend my duties as President of the International Fencing Federation with immediate effect until justice is restored. »