Luka Modric faces up to five years in prison after the Croatia captain was charged with perjury.
On Friday, the attorney’s office in the eastern city of Osijek said the Real Madrid midfielder Modric has been charged with perjury after his testimony in former Dinamo Zagreb executive director Zdravko Mamic’s corruption trial.
Agence France-Presse (h/t Yahoo) reported prosecutors say the midfielder gave a false testimony in the June tribunal. Mamic and three others were on trial at the time.
While prosecutors did not name Modric (as is a standard practice in Croatia), but a “Croatian citizen born in 1985” is referenced—in their statement; and now he has been named in local media reports.
Croatian media, including state television, reported that Modric had been charged.
Last year, Modric testified as a witness at the trial of tax and Dinamo officials on charges that they avoided paying 12.2 million kuna (£1.8million) in taxes and diverted 116 million kuna from the soccer club.
As noted by BBC, authorities have accused Modric of lying about details of his transfer from Zagreb to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007.
“The perjury charge hinges on exactly when he signed an annex to his contract with Dinamo, setting out the terms for future transfer fees,” it’s noted. “… Prosecutors say the annex—which allowed Modric to receive half the transfer fee—was actually signed in 2008 when he had already left the club.”
It’s said the state attorney believes Modric altered his statement to fall in line with the testimony provided by his ex-manager.
The state attorney’s office said last June it was investigating Modric for an alleged false testimony.
Modric testified as a witness at the trial of tax and Dinamo officials on charges that they avoided paying 12.2 million kuna (£1.8million) in taxes and diverted 116 million kuna from the soccer club.
Modric could not immediately be reached for comment.
Asked for comment, a Real Madrid spokesperson said: “Our official comments are made through our official media channels.”
Modric has been sidelined with an injury recently and as noted by Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC, as such it’s tough to see him being ready for the team’s crucial meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
No Modric or Kroos at Madrid group training again this morning – so very hard to see either facing PSG next Tuesday.
The midfielder enjoyed four seasons at Tottenham between 2008 and 2012 following his switch from Zagreb. He joined Real Madrid in 2012 and since then, has won the UEFA Champions League on three occasions, La Liga and a host of other trophies; having been named in FIFA team of the year a couple of times.
If convicted, Modric would face a jail term of between six months and five years.