Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is expected to face charges of perjury in Croatia, similar to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric's charges, relating to their respective transfers away from Dinamo Zagreb.
Modric is awaiting trial for charges relating to his move to Tottenham in 2008, and Lovren is being investigated in relation to his move to Lyon in 2010, after both found themselves caught up in a case against Dinamo Zagreb's former director Zdravko Mamic.
Croatian journalist Aleksandar Holiga revealed the findings of the court on Twitter.
ZDRAVKO MAMIĆ and company found GUILTY for illegally making massive personal profits on transfers of players such as Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren.— Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 6, 2018
Court says it was proven that 50% of transfer money for Modrić to Tottenham and Lovren to Lyon was unrightfully paid to players, who then forwarded much of that money to the Mamić family.— Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 6, 2018
Meanwhile, Luka Modrić was charged and will be trialled for perjury. Lovren is investigated for it and expected to be charged as well.— Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 6, 2018
Mamic was found guilty of making personal profits as a result of the transfers, and was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. During the court case, it was revealed that both Modric and Lovren illegally received 50% of the fees paid for their respective transfers, and then a significant sum was given to Mamic.
Both players were named as witnesses for the prosecution, and therefore could not be charged as accomplices.
However, Holiga reported that both Modric and Lovren changed their testimonies to try help Mamic, resulting in accusations of perjury. Modric has already been charged, and it appears as though Lovren will also be charged with perjury.
OK, to clarify things for people asking about Modrić and Lovren. They were involved as witness for the prosecution, otherwise they'd be seen as accomplices (which they were). Both changed their initial testimony in Mamić's favour, will be charged with perjury (Modrić already is)— Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 6, 2018
For any sentence of 5 or more years, the defendant must go to jail, regardless of appeal to higher instances.— Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 6, 2018
According to Holiga, Croatian law states that, should either Modric or Lovren be given a sentence of at least five years, they would be imprisoned regardless of any appeal attempts. However, at this point, it is uncertain whether either would be punished to this extent.
Lovren joined Lyon from Dinamo Zagreb for around €10m. He spent three years at the club, before arriving in English football with Southampton. After one season, he joined Liverpool, where he continues to be a key part of the side.
Modric left Dinamo Zagreb in 2008 after Tottenham paid a fee of around £16.5m. He spent four impressive years in London, before joining Real Madrid for around £30m. He has since gone on to win the Champions League four times, including an unprecedented three in a row.