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Hearts owner Romanov - Rangers' 'football mafia' will go down

Glasgow giants Rangers look to be going down to Scotland's Third Division with news that most of the Scottish Premier League clubs will vote against their proposed 'newco'.

The Ibrox outfit fell into liquidation last week and now, under new owner Charles Green, want to reform as a start-up but remain competing in the top flight .

However, it appears that their fate will be sealed at a meeting on July 4 where a majority of the 11 SPL clubs for the 2012/13 season will vote against Rangers playing in the premier competition as 'The Rangers FC'.

One man very passionate about the plight of Rangers is Heart of Midlothian owner Vladimir Romanov who feels the most successful club in Scottish football history need to be punished for their financial misdemeanours.

"The football mafia represented by former owners of Rangers are to blame for some of the worst problems to hit Scottish football and must not be allowed back in under any circumstances," said Romanov.

"Victories were achieved not by sporting merits but through slander, conspiracies amongst players and their poaching via third parties. 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, false accusations and threats to revoke the club licence.

"There is a saying about digging a grave for someone: you get it for yourself.

"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."

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