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Romanov brands Riccarton Three 'traitors' in latest rant

HEARTS owner Vladimir Romanov today launched a scathing attack on Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley and Craig Gordon, branding the trio "traitors".

The Lithuanian-based banker delivered his latest bizarre and rambling tirade on the official Hearts website and, like previous statements, much of it was incomprehensible.

Entitled 'Monkeys go home!', Romanov attacks the media, referees and the 'Riccarton Three', who made a statement in October declaring there was "significant unrest" in the dressing room due to the manner in which the club was being run.

The statement was dictated by Romanov to director of infrastructure Pedro Lopez before being translated into English and posted on the website.

However, while the majority of Hearts supporters backed Pressley, Hartley and Gordon's decision to speak out at the time, it would appear that Romanov continues to hold a grudge against the players, two of whom are in the club's Hall of Fame.

Pressley has subsequently had his contract terminated by "mutual consent", while Hartley was sold to Celtic for 1.1 million during the January transfer window.

Although Gordon remains a Hearts player for the time being, he has found himself frozen out of proceedings in recent weeks, failing to make even the substitutes' bench on occasion, although he was recalled to the team for the disappointing 1-1 draw with St Mirren at Tynecastle last weekend.

Both Pressley and Hartley have signed confidentiality agreements since leaving Tynecastle and have maintained a dignified silence, with the former even revealing he would have liked to have ended his career in Gorgie.

However, that has not prevented Romanov from attacking the duo and he has accused the media of helping to portray them as "heroes".

Romanov said: "It is not without your (the media's) help that traitors were presented as heroes thus showing the road to children for betrayal.

"Go carefully and have a look at yourself in the mirror. Don't you see a human in it? Stop fighting for the values which the ex-captain of Hearts was fighting for. Education and truthful information - that should be your input to humankind.

"Your leader Mowgli is not taking bananas anymore, now he is taking money and lies and untruthful interpretation. However he is greedy and makes you collect rotten information from cesspits and poisons readers with it.

"Now it has become obvious to me why you, the monkeys, were trying to ruin Hearts not only in the Championship, but in European competitions as well.

"I think it was not without your help that the 'frozen' referee from Russia was selected to officiate our match and that in the games against the Greek side we got three red cards."

It is unclear who Mowgli - a character in the children's story 'The Jungle Book' - is, although it could be interpreted as an attack on the tabloid media with whom the Russian has had a long-running feud.

Romanov also re-iterates his disdain for Scottish referees.

He continues: "Today I will express my opinion in English about refereeing in order that your Mowgli will not make you tell lies.

"To discuss whether referees take money or not is the same as discussing a woman who gives herself with no love. Isn't it better to concentrate on the standard of their work instead of looking for reasons for their poor performance? A woman cheats herself and nature if she gives herself without love. If a referee officiates a game based on his personal love, he commits a cynical crime, especially when the public has trusted him.

"I respect those referees who take money from two stupid teams and then honestly officiates a game.

"They do not harm football in any way. Though it is bad, still everybody is equal for them. Perhaps that is the reason why football in Italy will never die despite all the scandals that continually shake it."

The wit and wisdom of Vladamir Romanov

Dear Monkeys,

Today I will not be showing your portrait to you. It is pointless. You are one step away from becoming human beings.

Go and carefully have a look at yourself in the mirror. Don't you see a human in it?

Stop fighting for the values which the ex-captain of Hearts was fighting for.

Education and truthful information - that should be your input to humankind.

Your leader Mowgli is not taking bananas any more, now he is taking money for lies and untruthful interpretation. However he is greedy and makes you collect rotten information from cesspits and poisons readers with it.

This is unworthy even of a monkey.

Today I will express my opinion in English about refereeing in order that your Mowgli will not make you tell lies.

To discuss whether referees take money or not is the same as discussing a woman who gives herself with no love.

Isn't it better to concentrate on the standard of their work instead of looking for reasons for their poor performance?

A woman cheats herself and nature if she gives herself without love. If a referee officiates a game based on his personal love, he commits a cynical crime, especially when the public has trusted him.

I respect those referees who take money from two stupid teams and then honestly officiates a game. They do not harm football in any way. Though it is bad, still everybody is equal for them. Perhaps that is the reason why football in Italy will never die despite all the scandals that continuously shake it.

I think that is much better than being the champions for 40 years while building up the same system for further 40 years.

Now it has become obvious to me why you, the Monkeys, were trying to ruin Hearts not only in the Championship, but in European competitions as well. I think it was not without your help that the 'frozen' referee from Russia was selected to officiate our match and that in the games against the Greek side we got three red cards.

It is not without your help that traitors were presented as heroes thus showing the road to children for betrayal.

You will always call teachers silly because unlike you they lead children along the correct path.

Protecting your values in that way just spoils not only football, but also a Scotsman's proud name.

I beg you Mowgli, take the monkeys back to the Safari Park!

Vlad’s words were published on www.heartsfc.co.uk

 
 
 

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