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Hearts FC lifts 10-week self-imposed media ban

By Hamish Mackay

January 9, 2012 | 2 min read

Hearts FC has lifted its media ban – just the day after the club’s owner, Vladimir Romanov, branded the Scottish media as “monkeys”.

On Thursday, Romanov, on the club’s website, had declared ...”as soon as Hearts moved closer to the third spot the monkeys start to squeal, lie and create conspiracy plots” and claimed ...”there is no future for Scottish future while these media people are in charge”.

However, on Friday, club manager, Paulo Sergio, broke the ban to speak about the future of the club.

It was as if there had never been a ban, as Barry Anderson explained in the Edinburgh Evening News.

Wrote Anderson: “At his first press conference for ten weeks due to his club’s self-imposed media ban, Sergio delivered a rapturous display.

“He faced a backlog of questions on a range of controversial issues and answered every one with dignity and enthusiasm.”

And in the Scottish Daily Mail on Saturday, John Greechan, reported: “Given a chance to speak to someone other than the tame house monkeys responsible for official club media, Paulo Sergio certainly didn’t hold back.

“Perhaps he’d been storing all this up since Hearts imposed a ban on proper, independent question-and-answer sessions back in October.”

The ban was imposed by Hearts following media reporting of comments made by Sergio which resulted in him bring summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the Scottish Football Association.


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