If reports are to be believed, Real Madrid star midfielder and Croatian skipper Luka Modric was cleared of alleged corruption charges of giving a false testimony in tax fraud trial, a Croatian court confirmed on Wednesday.
The decision comes a relief for the midfielder, who was recently crowned the FIFA Men's Best player of the Year in a glittering awards ceremony in London. Croatian prosecutors had charged Modric back in March for committing perjury, during the evidence he gave in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic.
In the wake of these allegations, the 33-year had testified in June last year over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, which included the transfer fees and the the dates of signing his professional contract with the Premier League club.
However, the state attorney revealed upon investigating had found out that Luka Modric had given a false testimony at the trail. Upon which, Dinamo Zagreb owner Zdravko Mamic, who is currently hiding in the neighboring Bosnia, was sentenced to a six month imprisonment sentence along with other two club officials who were also involved in this tax fraud trail.
A local media newspaper reported that Modric's testimony sounded 'premature' and it wasn't solid enough to overthrow the court's judgment in the tax avoidance trail. However, Modric's lawyers Laura Valkovic defended her clients stance and dismissed the court's 'premature' remarks.
Now, according to several sources, the court has cleared Modric of the charges, as they believe that tha Crotian player cannot be tried for prejury before a final verdict on the case is delivered.
Meanwhile, problems seem to surfacing at the Croatian's current club Real Madrid. For the first time in more than a decade, the Los Blancos has gone three straight games without a goal after suffering 1-0 loss against CSKA Moscow in an early setback to the Spanish club’s title defense in the Champions League.
To add to their woes in the post-Ronaldo era, this is the third-successive match that the Spanish giants have failed to score and register wins. The last time Real Madrid went goal-less in three consecutive matches was back in Janauary 2007.
(With Agency inputs)