Croatian football captain Luka Modric has been accused of tax fraud after producing false documents about financial deals with his former club.
The Real Madrid star is now on course to face up to six months or five years in prison if he is found guilty of trying to evade tax with Dinamo Zagreb as prosecutors in Croatia are investigating the operation. The 32-year-old Madrid midfield maestro has reportedly been accused of embezzlement worth close to €19 million with €1.6 million to be given in tax.
However, Luka Modric isn’t the only one involved in the scam as former Dinamo director Zdravko Mamic and two others were part of an illegal deal when Modric moved from the Croation club to English side Tottenham back in 2008. Modric initially claimed to the court that he had agreed to a deal to pay half of the €19 million to Mamic but prosecutors in the eastern town of Osijek claim that there was no legal contract between the pair.
And Mamic is now accused of keeping a bigger chunk without declaring it to the tax authorities with the documents shown claimed to be backdated and false. If found guilty of these charges, this could ruin Modric’s reputation as a footballer, although his five years in prison could be bailed out it would damage his confidence significantly.
But Modric’s native football association published a statement believing that this process will prove his innocence of the charges. Real Madrid will hope that this matter gets over soon enough as the Los Blancos would want their genius midfielder not to be distracted by any off the pitch matters.
It’s never easy with all these accusations around Modric but he needs support as this could lose focus on Madrid’s goals this season. With a crunch tie against Paris Saint Germain in a few days, the Spanish champions would need Modric to be at his very best.