Zagreb - Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been
questioned in Zagreb by anti-graft police in connection with a probe into
Dinamo Zagreb officials suspected of bribery and tax evasion, local papers
Modric, whose testimony is considered key for the case, was
questioned on the financial details of his 2009 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur,
the Jutarnji list daily reported.
The anti-graft prosecutors suspect that Dinamo Zagreb chief
Zdravko Mamic illegally earned more than 52 million kunas ($6.9 million euros,
$7.7 million), through the transfer. Modric was questioned on Sunday, the paper
Another Croatian international, Liverpool defender Dejan
Lovren, was also to be questioned within the probe, it said.
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Zdravko Mamic, his younger brother Zoran, the Croatian
champions' coach, along with a top football federation official and a tax
inspector are suspected by the national anti-corruption USKOK bureau of giving
and receiving bribes, tax evasion and other offences.
The suspected criminal offences had been taking place since
The alleged offences cost Dinamo Zagreb and the state almost
15.5 million euros and two million euros respectively. The four suspects were
all detained in July, and later released on bail.
Zdravko Mamic, considered the most influential man in
Croatian football, has rejected the allegations against him.
The 56-year-old Dinamo executive president said they were
politically motivated and accused Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic of being
Mamic is a controversial figure well known for his outspoken
behaviour and threatening of journalists.
Last year he was convicted of slander and ordered to pay
17,000 euros to a lawyer representing Brazil-born Croatian striker Eduardo da
In 2014, he was acquitted of inciting hatred with a slur
against an ethnic Serb minister.For
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