Letter: Hearts-felt plea

The manner in which Vladimir Romanov is dragging the good name of Heart of Midlothian Football Club through the mud (your report, 28 June) is disgraceful. For many supporters, including myself, he has over-stepped the mark this time.

His latest incoherent rant demonstrated a deplorable disregard to the lifeblood of Hearts, the supporters, not to mention the people affected by the actions of Craig Thomson.

Romanov seems to take a perverse pleasure out of creating trench warfare, with little thought for the people it affects.My late father was not everyone's cup of tea during his 13 years as chairman, and while he ruffled more than a few feathers along the way he never lost sight of the fact that once you start alienating your customers, you start to tread a dark path.

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I have no doubt that he would be appalled to see what is happening at the moment, especially when the morals and values of the club he dearly loved are being so desperately undermined by Romanov and his board of directors.

It is not too late to do the right thing, but the time to act decisively on the Craig Thomson issue was last week and, sadly, the damage to Hearts' reputation has now been done, perhaps even irreparably.

Iain W Mercer

Dunbar Road

Haddington, East Lothian