RUSSIAN billionaire Alisher Usmanov has had his assets frozen and banned from traveling to the EU following the invasion of Ukraine, which could affect Everton.
The sanctions were imposed in response to the invasion ordered by Vladimir Putin last week, which left 352 civilians dead, including 14 children.
Russia said yesterday it would retaliate against the EU for its support for Ukraine and warned the West not to supply the under-attack nation with weapons.
The fifth day of the invasion saw cluster and vacuum bomb attacks by Russia as Ukraine’s president accused Putin of war crimes.
And leader Volodymyr Zelensky said there would ‘certainly be an international tribunal’ for what he called a ‘violation of all conventions’ before declaring that ‘no one in the world will forgive you for killing Ukrainians peaceful” in a speech addressed to Russia. .
A number of countries and organisations, including the EU, have imposed sanctions on Russia following the invasion.
And now Premier League Everton could end up there because of USM Holding, the company that sponsors their training ground.
It is owned by Alisher Usmanov and his assets have now been frozen by the EU along with a travel ban.
An EU Council statement said: “Alisher Usmanov is a pro-Kremlin oligarch with particularly close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
They also added that Usmanov “actively supported materially or financially the Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilization of Ukraine”.
Goodison Park club owner Farhad Moshiri is the chairman of USM Holdings.
However, it remains unclear how these penalties will affect the Toffees.
A spokesperson for Usmanov declined to comment, according to the BBC.
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