Declan Rice holds Andriy Yarmolenko’s shirt ahead of West Ham v Wolves clash as Ukraine star is given time off after Russia invasion


West Ham have shown their support for Ukrainian team-mate Andriy Yarmolenko ahead of their Premier League clash with Wolves.

Yarmolenko, born in Russia to Ukrainian parents who later returned to their home country as a child, was granted compassionate leave from the Hammers this week.

Rice showed his support for his Ukrainian teammate Yarmolenko
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Declan Rice holds Andriy Yarmolenko's shirt ahead of West Ham v Wolves clash as Ukraine star is given time off after Russia invasion
A message of support for Yarmolenko has appeared on West Ham screens
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It follows Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with shocking and harrowing scenes drawing condemnation across the world.

David Moyes said Yarmolenko was “not in a good position at the moment” and confirmed he had been given a few days off.

His West Ham team-mates showed their solidarity ahead of their game with Wolves.

Declan Rice held up Yarmolenko’s Hammers jersey as the teams exited the London Stadium.

A message was also displayed on the stadium’s big screen which read: “Sending love and prayers to Andriy Yarmolenko and the people of Ukraine.”

The Wolves players also wore ‘No To War’ t-shirts when warming up before the game.


Declan Rice holds Andriy Yarmolenko's shirt ahead of West Ham v Wolves clash as Ukraine star is given time off after Russia invasion
Wolves players wore ‘No To War’ t-shirts before the game
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While Yarmolenko was absent from the game, Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko were involved in the match at Goodison Park.

The pair were reduced to tears as players, staff and fans showed their support for their country Ukraine ahead of the Premier League clash.

The Goodison crowd cheered as the pair hugged during the warm-up, then showed even more support with Ukrainian flags, shirts and messages for the players, along with the song, ‘It’s not heavy, that’s my brother’.


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