Anti-corruption police team in Croatia has charged the club officials with tax evasion according to latest reports.
Croatia’s anti-corruption police claimed they had charged three current and former senior officials from football team Dinamo Zagreb with tax evasion and siphoning off profits from player transfers.
The USKOK police force said the actions had cost the State 12.2 million Kuna ($1.84 million) in unpaid taxes and taken 116 million Kuna from the club. The three – as well as a tax official charged with helping tax evasion – were identified only by their initials in the online statement, in line with usual police practice. But state television said they were former Dinamo chief executive Zdravko Mamic; his brother Zoran Mamic who is current Dinamo coach; and Damir Vrbanovic, a former Dinamo executive and the current top official of the Croatian football federation HNS.
The accused were all briefly arrested last year during investigations into the same charges and all denied any wrong-doing at the time. None were immediately available for comments. Zdravko Mamic resigned his position in Dinamo in February this year saying he wanted to secure a stable future for the club. He again insisted he was not guilty of the charges before him.
Dinamo won their 10th consecutive and 17th overall Croatian title last season. They top the table this season with 79 points after 34 matches played. They are six points ahead of nearest rival Rijeka after the same number if matches played. This season will add to their already won 17 HNL titles. They have simply been awesome and consistent this season and haven’t lost their last seven games. From the victory over Osijek in the HNL to the game played over the weekend against Istra 1961.