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SBD Global/November 21, 2012/Franchises

Foundation Of Hearts Will Launch A Bid For Control Of The Club

Foundation of Hearts "will go it alone" in its bid for control of Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian FC, according to Barry Anderson of the SCOTSMAN. Foundation of Hearts Chair Alex Mackie stated that he "will not meet Angelo Massone or anyone else interested in buying out the Hearts Owner Vladimir Romanov." Mackie's consortium remains in "constructive dialogue" with Hearts Dir Sergejus Fedotovas -- Romanov’s right-hand man -- and is "currently preparing another bid after Romanov dismissed their £450,000 ($716,000) offer last week." Massone had his offer of £4.5M ($7.2M) rebuffed Monday and is "now keen to meet Mackie to see if they could work together." However, Mackie said, "We wouldn’t be meeting Mr. Massone, that would be a distraction we simply do not want at this stage. We will liaise directly with the owners ourselves. We’ve got so much going on just now, we don’t need that kind of distraction. I’ve said consistently that we still have a constructive dialogue with the owners and that is still the case" (SCOTSMAN, 11/20).
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