“Hearts take ‘big step’ towards exit from administration” was het grote nieuws u Schotland afgelopen weekend. De op twee-na-succesvolste club van Schotland (na Celtic en wijlen Rangers) heeft op de rand van de afgrond gebalanceerd. Ze hadden 30 miljoen pond schuld, zitten in surseance van betaling, mochten geen transfers doen dit seizoen, kregen 15 minpunten aan het begin van het seizoen en gaan dit jaar keihard degraderen. De schulden zijn overigens allemaal veroorzaakt door Vladimir Romanov, de Litouwse mafkees die in 2005 Hearts overnam en een aanval op de Old Firm begon. Prijzen werden er amper gepakt, terwijl de schulden toenamen. Afgelopen zomer ging Romanov zelfs financieel P-P en werden zijn bedrijven Ukio Bankas en UBIG failliet verklaard. Bij dat laatste bedrijf waren de aandelen van Hearts ondergebracht en even leek de club mee onder te gaan. De curatoren van Hearts hebben afgelopen week een regeling getroffen met die uit Litouwen dat de fans de club mogen overnemen voor 2,5 miljoen pond. Groot feest in het bordeauxrode gedeelte van Edinburgh, maar in het groene gedeelte ging iemand helemaal over de zeik en schreef een boze brief naar Litouwen. Hij hoopt dat de deal wordt teruggedraaid en Hearts alsnog kapot gaat. Hieronder de brief.
Dear Mr Gustas,
I write to you as a concerned and ashamed Scotsman to inform you of an attempt by fellow Scottish people to defraud the Republic of Lithuania of many millions of pounds. You are no doubt aware of the plight of Ukio Bankas, UBIG and the dreadful conduct of the major shareholder in both of these companies Vladimir Romanov. But it is another of his ventures, namely his interest in Heart of Midlothian football club in Edinburgh I would like to draw your attention to. Since 2006 Mr Romanov has ploughed many millions of pounds, estimates believed to be as much as £85million, which has now turned out to be money he nor his banking groups could afford to invest, and these concerns raised many times over by the financial and football authorities here in Scotland. These concerns were continually ignored by officials at Hearts and also by their support who were happy to accept the success that has turned out to be the people of your countries money. Please also note that Romanov was refused permission to purchase shares at 2 other clubs. This is because he could not fund the regimes he was looking to put in place. This was ignored by Heart of Midlothian. They operated throughout his tenure with substantial losses which have now come to be at the Lithuanian tax payers expense. I would like to reiterate at this point that they have spent £85 million pounds of your money. I would also like to bring to your attention their failure to pay charities, police costs, healthcare costs and uk taxes owed during this time.
The current state of affairs at Heart of Midlothian sees them in administration and seeking a deal whereby the shares currently owned by UBIG, Ukio bankas and Ukio Bankas security on Tynecastle stadium in Edinburgh is sold to Bidco for the paltry sum of £2.5million. It is at this point I would like to make you aware of several areas of prime development land in Edinburgh that have sold recently for many millions of pounds over the £2.5million currently being offered to your people. It is at this point I would also say that it is my opinion that you would not be serving the people of Lithuania if you did not recover as much of their money that this organisation has taken with no intention of paying back. I would urge you to seek trustworthy advice on the value of the assets before proceeding with any deal as there is no doubt accepting an offer of £2.5 million is depriving your people of many of millions of pounds.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the disgusting way in which this organisation has squandered many millions of pounds of your countries money. I find it totally unacceptable and would urge you to use all of your power in recouping your peoples money. If the tables were turned, it would be the least I would expect of my government. I would also appreciate your thoughts on the issues I have raised and if you are able to, your intentions in the future regarding these.
I look forward to your reply.
Mr Kevin Moffatt