Manchester United have dropped Russian airline Aeroflot from the club’s list of official sponsors.
Supporters had contacted United in recent days expressing concern about the partnership following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which continued into a second day on Friday.
A United spokesperson said: “In light of events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn Aeroflot’s sponsorship rights.
“We share the concerns of our fans around the world and extend our sympathies to those affected.”
Aeroflot struck a deal as the club’s “official carrier” in July 2013, which was renewed four years later and is reportedly worth £40million.
As part of the initial agreement, the company said it would “provide strategic advice to the club on travel arrangements for the team and officials and will also provide charter services whenever suitable on its newest long-haul Airbus and Boeing airplanes featuring a state-of-the-art business class experience”.
The United Kingdom this week banned Aeroflot, as Russia’s largest national air company, from its airspace as part of a list of sanctions against the country following the military action in Ukraine.