The Croatian prosecutor’s office in the eastern city of Osijek said on Wednesday that he had been charged with false testimony to national team player Dejan Lovren and Liverpool.
The statement did not – as is the case in Croatia – explicitly name Lovren, but said the prosecutor had charged a 29-year-old Croatian citizen, citing details of the player’s case a year ago.
Croatian media, including the official state television website, said Lovren was indicted. An official from Liverpool was not immediately available for comment.
The prosecutor had accused another international player, Real Madrid midfielder Luca Modric in March, of falsifying the same case.
Lovren testified at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials at Dynamo Zagreb, including former executive director Zdravko Mamic on the dates of signing the annexes to his contract, which govern the financial aspect of the contract.
The club has been accused of evading 12.2 million kunas ($ 1.92 million) in taxes and transfers of 116 million kunas from the club’s treasury. But they all denied any wrongdoing.
Dejan Lovren moved to Lyon from Dynamo Zagreb in 2010, before joining Southampton in 2013 and Liverpool the following year. Lovren was in the Croatia squad, who lost 4-2 to France in the 2018 World Cup final.
The penalty for giving false testimony is six to five year’s imprisonment.
Mamic fled to neighboring Bosnia earlier this year before being sentenced to prison in Croatia.
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