Luka Modric’s summer break has gone from bad to worse.
The Real Madrid midfielder is currently lodged in the centre of one of Croatia’s biggest corruption legal cases, involving the former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.
And it looks like the former Spurs star could be in serious trouble for suspected perjury, according to the Croatia State Attorney Office.
Mamic is currently on trial for embezzlement and tax fraud, with the 58-year-old accused of illegally pocketing a large chunk of Modric’s transfer fee when he left Dinamo for Spurs back in 2008.
The resulting investigation has in fact showed he did keep the money, which the defence is not even trying to deny as they claim there was nothing unlawful about it.
Mamic became Dinamo chief executive and negotiated the deal himself, with the dispute concerning the contract between Dinamo and Modric which says the fee should’ve been shared on a 50-50 basis between the club and the player.
What the prosecution is trying to demonstrate is that the agreement was signed after the player had already been sold.
The former Tottenham star initially confirmed this was the case, but then later changed his initial statement and claimed “he got confused”.
As a result, Modric is facing a prison sentence ranging anywhere from six months to five years if he is found guilty of perjury, according to the Croatian penal system.
Modric said: “When speaking about that, I was talking about a personal contract between Mamic and me, which regulated the split of the transfer fee.”
Meanwhile, the State Attorney’s Office said: “State Attorney’s Office in Osijek opened the investigation against Croatian citizen (1985) due to the existence of reasonable doubt that when giving testimony before the County Court in Osijek committed a crime against justice by giving false testimony under Article 305, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code / 11. (6th 19th 2017).
“There is a reasonable doubt that on 13 June 2017 at the Osijek County Court, during a hearing in a criminal case against the first accused Croatian citizen (1970) and others, for the criminal offence of abuse of position and authority in Article 291, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the CC / 11; although he was warned that a witness is obliged to tell the truth and that is giving a false statement offence; examined as a witness falsely testified that the annex to the agreement.”