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Hearts owner Romanov pondering sale

Heart of Midlothian owner Vladimir Romanov is considering selling the Edinburgh club he has revealed.

The Lithuanian businessman has seen the club go into more than £30million debt and says he has lost interest in football.

Romanov will listen to offers to sell Hearts players in January as he tries to ease their current financial situation but is also pondering finding a partner or selling the club.

"For seven years I keep hoping that in the country that is the cradle of football they will start respecting the game and stop taking the mickey out of the game itself and the people who are trying to fight for it, but it's like asking the mafia for remorse," he told Hearts News.

"There is only one solution left - to turn our attention to the products of our football academy in the hope that this situation will at some point and somehow improve by itself.

"Finally, the powers that be have begun discussing a new stadium - it seems like the politicians have developed some sort of responsibility to their own citizens, or maybe their human side has been awoken.

"And still Shakespeare's question lingers on - to be or not to be - for football to change, or will it keep on developing as a show under the media blanket and we are finally overtaken by Lithuania and Gabon.

"I haven't lost my interest in the club but I have for football. By the law of the 'free world' it is not enough to do good deeds - you have to also pay to advertise them in the press and then it's possible to carry out crimes without any consequences.

"The problem is that I refuse to pay the monkeys for the advertisement as someone has to resist their domination in sport and in culture, the economy and history. That's why I now have to consider finding a partner or selling the club."

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Andrew Slevison
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