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Mad Vlad calls us the "Football Mafia"


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Mr Romanov, who has been consistent in his views since investing in Scottish football in 2005, said:

"The opinion of Heart of Midlothian FC in regards to the current situation of Scottish football is clear and robust.

"The football mafia represented by former owners of Rangers FC and Rupert Murdoch's media are to blame for some of the worst problems to hit Scottish football and must not be allowed back in under any circumstances.

"As regards the club itself, we can only express our deepest condolences to its supporters, who have been lied to for so many years.

"It had to happen sooner or later. Victories were achieved not by sporting merits, but through slander, conspiracies amongst players and their poaching via third parties, unfair pressuring of referees, who in themselves are as valuable to the fabric of football as the football stars themselves.

"All of this brought hollow victories and destroyed football. We can also mention the attempts to eliminate Hearts with the help of the tax petitions, through false accusations and threats to revoke the club license. There is a saying about digging a grave for someone: you get it for yourself …

"Without these people football will become cleaner and stronger. Without Murdoch the whole of society will improve, in particular sport and culture.

"Supporters deserve a new beginning and have to accept the fact that their club has to start from the lower league, keeping order in the SPL and without creating unfair competition with other clubs.

"As regards the pitiful state of Scottish football finances, a lot of the blame should be placed at the doors of Murdoch's media. They pay huge sums to English clubs, whilst in Scotland, where football is better supported per capita than anywhere else in Europe and there are more cable or Sky subscribers per capita than in England, clubs receive peanuts for their broadcasting rights.

"At the very least this is discrimination and protectionism for the English football product, which at the same time stunts the development of the game in Scotland, that is regarded as the cradle of football.

"I feel that it is absolutely realistic to create a company that would bring to Scottish clubs at least the same broadcasting income, and even grow it by 50-100% over the next two to three years. This company should be in the hands of Scottish clubs and work with those who want to earn money the honest way, instead of conducting business the Murdoch way.

"They have lived beyond law and all morals, and should now be declared beyond the pale. A society that allows the destruction of integrity in sport, which is a crucial part of Scottish culture, is destroying itself - and all for the benefit of a media aborigine."

http://www.heartsfc.co.uk/articles/20120621/vr-statement_2241384_2818454

"Media aborigine" :lol:

I think we can count on Hearts to give a no vote, eh?

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Romanov is a fucking babbling fool. Unfair pressure on referees? What a fucking joke. He shileds hismelf from sanctions from the governing bodies by claiming to only be a shareholder, i think his son is a director. Yet has full power to publish whatever the fuck he wants on the website without fear of "disrepute" charges, which surely would come his way considering some of the astonishing no-hols-barred attacks hes made on the SFA/SPL. He even called them monkeys at one point. (Not that a disagree right enough :lol:)

he's been on the brink for a while, and his attack on Murdoch/SKY in that statement just reeks of a desperate man who invested in Scottish football in the hope of getting his return via TV money, which never transpired.

I'll enjoy watching Hearts burn to the ground.

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"It had to happen sooner or later. Victories were achieved not by sporting merits, but through slander, conspiracies amongst players and their poaching via third parties, unfair pressuring of referees, who in themselves are as valuable to the fabric of football as the football stars themselves.

WTF is he talking about here?

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"It had to happen sooner or later. Victories were achieved not by sporting merits, but through slander, conspiracies amongst players and their poaching via third parties, unfair pressuring of referees, who in themselves are as valuable to the fabric of football as the football stars themselves.

Surely this nutter is getting us mixed up with the beasts lol

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Well that gave me a good laugh. Does Vlad not count playing his players on time and employing a paedophile as immoral behaviour? And that's just the start of it.

It's a weird, twisted world across in Edinburgh. I'm still trying to get over the Hearts fans singing "Vladimir Romanov, he pays our taxes off" the last time they were at Ibrox. I mean, we may be bad, but a team who HMRC had handed a winding up order too weeks earlier are in no position to take a moral highground.

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Interesting how he condemns Rangers and often the Old Firm, in general, and then goes on to argue that Scottish football deserves a better deal because per capita it is best supported in Europe etc... I suppose that's nothing to do with 100,000 fans that go to Ibrox/Celtic Park every other week?

Can't really take anything he says seriously to be honest!

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