Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has denied any wrongdoing after being charged with perjury in his homeland of Croatia. The transfers of Lovren and international team-mate Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb to Lyon and Spurs respectively were central in the case that saw former football administrator Zdravko Mamic sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for transfer fraud.
A Croatian court ruled in June that Lovren and Modric unlawfully received half of the transfer fees that Dinamo were paid to secure their moves and then transferred the majority of that money to Mamic, who was Zagreb’s executive director, in accordance with illegally backdated clauses in their contracts.
Modric was charged with providing false evidence during Mamic’s trial in March and now Lovren has been accused of the same offence.
Writing on Instagram, Lovren said: “After coming from afternoon training, I learned that the media in Croatia and then in England reported the news that an indictment was filed against me for giving a false statement in one case in Croatia.
“My family, friends and acquaintances told me the same thing. So before I saw or received the indictment at all, and before my attorneys received it, all the media reported the news.
“This is simply not fair, not just, not sporting. In this way, acting on me and my family is extremely discriminatory and unfair. A fight that is not fair and I’m not used to.
“But I want to say this to all, especially to my family, friends, supporters in my homeland, my club and my club’s fans in England, [that I am] innocent. I did not commit any criminal offence. I am proud of my life, every step of my life, everything that my family and I have created.
“With indignation I dismiss all accusations, and to anyone who wants to ruin my reputation and the reputation of my family, I say it will not succeed.”