La Liga: Real Madrid's Luka Modric quizzed by Croatian prosecutors over alleged false testimony

Luka Modric joined Real Madrid from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. The 31-year-old had joined the Londoners from Croatian giants, Dinamo Zagreb in 2008.

AFP June 19, 2017 19:59:06 IST
La Liga: Real Madrid's Luka Modric quizzed by Croatian prosecutors over alleged false testimony

Croatian prosecutors said Monday they were opening an investigation into whether Real Madrid's Luka Modric gave false testimony at the trial of Dinamo Zagreb's powerful former boss, Zdravko Mamic.

La Liga Real Madrids Luka Modric quizzed by Croatian prosecutors over alleged false testimony

Real Madrid's Luka Modric arrives to the courthouse in Osijek, eastern Croatia to testify at the corruption trial of Zdravko Mamic. AP

Modric is suspected of "committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony" on 13 June at the tribunal in eastern Croatia, according to the prosecutors' statement.

The statement did not name Modric directly but referred to "a Croatian citizen born in 1985".

Mamic is accused — along with his brother Zoran Mamic and two others — of abuse, power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than 15 million euros ($17.6 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.

Cash was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers, and Modric was called last week to testify over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur.

From there he joined Real Madrid in 2012.

The prosecutors alleged that, when questioned last week, Modric falsely said he had signed an annex to a contract with Dinamo over conditions for future transfers in July 2004.

When questioned during investigations in 2015, Modric said the annex was signed after he had joined Tottenham, according to the prosecutors.

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