Croatian authorities have launched an investigation into the captain of the national football team, Luka Modric.
The midfielder, who also plays for Real Madrid, is suspected of making false statements at the tax fraud trial of Zdravko Mamic, his former manager.
He could not immediately be reached for comment, Reuters news agency reports.
Mr Mamic, a powerful figure in Croatian football, was Mr Modric’s boss at leading club Dinamo Zagreb.
Mr Mamic, his brother Zoran Mamic, and two others are accused of corruption that reportedly cost Dinamo Zagreb more than 15m euros (£13.1m; $16.7m), and the state 1.5m euros.
Cash is said to have been embezzled via phoney deals where they took a cut from the sales of players.
If found guilty of perjury, Mr Modric could face between six months and five years in prison.
Mr Modric was asked to testify about his multi-million pound transfer from Dinamo to the English club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
The perjury allegation hinges on exactly when he signed an annex to his contract with Dinamo, setting out the terms for future transfer fees.
According to prosecutors, at a tribunal on 13 June, Mr Modric falsely said he had signed it in July 2004.
Prosecutors say the annex – which allowed Mr Modric to receive half the transfer fee – was actually signed in 2008 when he had already left the club.
Prosecutors also say Mr Modric told investigators in 2015 that the annex had been signed when he had already been sold to Tottenham.
The state attorney’s office believes the player changed his testimony in his former manager’s favour.
The 31-year-old looked visibly uncomfortable while giving evidence to the trial, which has attracted huge media interest in Croatia.
Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:07:46 +0000
|2017 Aegon Championships|
|Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 19-25 June|
|Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two, Red Button, Connected TV and online daily|
Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov upset British number two Kyle Edmund with a terrific performance on day one of the Aegon Championships in London.
Shapovalov, 18, won 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4 at Queen’s Club and goes on to face Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych.
This was the biggest win of the Wimbledon junior champion’s burgeoning career, and a setback for Edmund, 22.
The Briton is ranked 146 places higher than Shapovalov at 47th and reached the quarter-finals at Queen’s last year.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest wins,” the Canadian wildcard told BBC Sport.
“Kyle is an unbelievable player.
“It’s just incredible, the feelings I have being able to play on Centre Court like this in front of thousands of people and against such a great player.”
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It was a rematch of February’s Davis Cup contest, which saw Shapovalov ultimately defaulted for hitting a ball in frustration that fractured the umpire’s eye socket.
“I don’t think I’m ever going to forget about it but this was just a different match, it wasn’t in my head at all,” he said.
Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also progressed on the opening day at Queen’s, but Nick Kyrgios retired with an injury.
The Australian ninth seed aggravated a hip problem when he slipped at the baseline while playing Donald Young, but is optimistic he will recover for Wimbledon.
Bulgarian sixth seed Dimitrov, champion in 2014, beat American Ryan Harrison 6-3 6-1, and fifth seed Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-2.
Reigning champion Andy Murray plays compatriot Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday.
Pressure tells on Edmund
With an on-court temperature well in excess of 30C, Shapovalov kept a cooler head with the match on the line against the more experienced Edmund.
The Canadian showed why he is widely tipped to build on last year’s Wimbledon junior title with an impressive display.
His attacking style, swinging left-handed serve and single-handed backhand brought him only his second win on the ATP Tour.
He took a tight opening set on the tie-break before dropping serve to love with a loose game at the start of the second.
Edmund served his way to one set all but was playing catch-up serving second in the decider, and the pressure told.
Two double-faults in a row saw him slip 0-40 – and three match points – down, and Shapovalov converted the third when the Briton framed a forehand.
“He held at four-all, and then I think I made an unforced error on the first point and two double faults. That’s basically it,” said Edmund.
“It doesn’t help when you haven’t got much margin for error if you lose those points. But it’s a tennis match, so I’ve just got to try not do it again.”
Edmund is playing doubles with Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis at Queen’s Club, and will head to Eastbourne next week for his final tournament before Wimbledon.
The Briton has a 3-10 career record on grass at the top level and has yet to win in four attempts in the main draw at Wimbledon.
“It’s just one match at a time,” he said. “I have lost matches on grass, I have won matches on grass.
“So I don’t think grass has anything to do with it. It’s the same for everyone.”
Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:04:36 +0000