Dinamo Zagreb coach quits after receiving jail sentence for tax evasion and fraud

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Zoran Mamic

Zoran Mamic give up as Dinamo Zagreb coach after Croatia’s Supreme Courtroom confirmed his practically five-year jail sentence for tax evasion and fraud, solely days earlier than the league champions play a Europa League match towards Tottenham.

“Though I don’t really feel responsible, as I introduced earlier, if the decision is last, I settle for it as such and resign from the place of head coach and sports activities director of GNK Dinamo,” Mamic mentioned in an announcement late Monday. “I want the membership a number of luck and sporting success in its future work.”

Mamic has no additional avenue for attraction, and should go to jail upon receiving the formal notification of the court docket ruling.

Mamic and his brother Zdravko, a former Dinamo Zagreb government director, had been charged with embezzling the equal of $18 million from the sale of Dinamo Zagreb gamers to international golf equipment, and for tax evasion value $2 million.

The Mamic brothers had been suspected of embezzlement by means of fictitious offers made throughout transfers of a number of former Dinamo gamers to international golf equipment, together with Luka Modric to Tottenham in 2008.

The Actual Madrid midfielder, a former FIFA participant of the yr, was a key witness throughout the trial, testifying about his monetary offers with the Mamics.

Zoran Mamic was sentenced to 4 years and eight months in jail. Zdravko Mamic, who was sentenced to 6 years and 6 months, fled to Bosnia shortly after a decrease court docket handed the unique sentences in 2018.

Zdravko Mamic, previously a extremely influential determine in Croatian soccer, held a stay media convention from Bosnia, denying any wrongdoing and saying that if he and his brother are sentenced for tax evasion, then Modric and former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren also needs to be held accountable.

“If me and my brother should return the cash, than Lovren and Luka Modric should do the identical,” he mentioned, accusing them of not paying taxes in Croatia stemming from their transfers from Dinamo. “They’re accomplices. The cash is with them.”

The Supreme Courtroom additionally confirmed a three-year jail sentence for former Dinamo director Damir Vrbanovic.

The membership mentioned Mamic would get replaced as coach by Damir Krznar.

Dinamo is scheduled to host Tottenham on Thursday within the Europa League. Tottenham gained the primary leg 2-Zero final week.

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