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Luka Modric Reportedly Investigated for Perjury During Zdravko Mamic Trial
STR/Getty Images Luka Modric is reportedly being investigated for perjury by Croatian authorities in relation to his testimony in Zdravko Mamic's corruption trial.
Football writer Aleksandar Holiga relayed the news from the Croatia State Attorney Office: Per Goal, Mamic—the former vice president of the Croatian FA and former president of Dinamo Zagreb—is accused of taking €20 million out of Dinamo. Modric, who played for Zagreb before his move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008, has spoken at his trial. Per journalist Rusty Woodger, the playmaker has received abuse after changing his testimony: According to Holiga for the Independent, Mamic took a significant sum of Modric's transfer fee from Spurs and kept it for himself, which the investigation proved and the prosecution argue he did illegally. He is also charged with embezzlement and tax fraud. Prior to becoming an executive at Dinamo, Mamic reportedly made an agreement with Modric that he would act as a benefactor to the player in exchange for a share of his future earnings. As a result, Modric testified that when half of his reported €21 million transfer fee from Tottenham was paid directly to him, he would make a withdrawal at the bank after every instalment "accompanied by Mamic’s son or brother" and then give a cash payment to them. Once Modric's transfer fee had been paid to him in full, Mamic reportedly had the full €10.5 million minus £1.7 million that Modric was allowed to keep.
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