Dejan Lovren charged with perjury as part of Dinamo Zagreb trial

Zdravko Mamic has fled to Bosnia Herzegovina after being sentenced to prison

Zdravko Mamic has fled to Bosnia Herzegovina after being sentenced to prison

Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool defender, was charged with perjury in Croatia on Wednesday as prosecutors accused him of giving false statements during the high-profile corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb manager Zdravko Mamic.

Lovren submitted testimony about deals with former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic who was sentenced to six-and-a-half years this June for embezzlement and tax fraud.

Lovren and fellow Croatia global Luka Modric were caught up in the scandal that brought down Zdravko Mamic, a powerful football administrator, who was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail this summer.

As is a usual practice in Croatia, the statement did not name Lovren but said it charged a 29-year-old Croatian citizen, citing details from his testimony given a year ago.

In March Luka Modric, the Real Madrid midfielder, was charged with perjury in the same case.

The Dinamo officials were charged with avoiding paying 12.2 million kuna (RM7.94 million) in taxes and diverting 116 million kuna (RM75.5 million) from the club.

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UPDATE: Lovren has issued a statement via his Instagram, proclaiming his innocence: "I want to tell everyone, first of all my family, friends, fans at home, my club and the fans of my club in England that I'm innocent". He and Modric both represented Croatia in the World Cup, losing in the final to France.

"I didn't commit any crime".

Sky Sports News contacted Liverpool regarding the developments, but they declined to comment. I'm proud of my life in my every step, in everything my family and I created.

If found guilty of perjury Lovren could face a jail sentence anywhere between six months to five-years.

The transfer in question is Lovren's move to Ligue 1 side Lyon from Dinamo Zagreb in 2010.

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