By 90Min
September 20, 2018

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has denied allegations of perjury after being charged with the offence in Croatia over evidence given in a trial.

The Croatian international, a World Cup finalist in the summer, has been charged alongside his Croatian teammate Luka Modric. 

The allegations come after Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful footballing figure in Croatia, was jailed back in June for corruption. 

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Nakon dolaska s popodnevnog treninga doznao sam kako su mediji u Hrvatskoj, pa potom i u Engleskoj objavili vijest kako je protiv mene podignuta optužnica zbog davanja lažnog iskaza u jednom predmetu u Hrvatskoj. Zvali su me članovi moje obitelji, prijatelji i poznanici koji su mi saopćili isto. Dakle, prije nego što sam uopće vidio ili primio tu optužnicu, i prije nego su istu zaprimili moji odvjetnici, svi mediji su objavili tu vijest. Ovo jednostavno nije fer, nije pravedno, nije niti sportski. Na ovakav način postupati prema meni i mojoj obitelji je krajnje diskriminirajuće i nepravično. Borba koja nije poštena i na koju nisam navikao. No ovim putem želim poručiti svima, ponajprije svojoj obitelji, prijateljima, navijačima u domovini, svom klubu i navijačima mog kluba u Engleskoj kako sam nevin. Nisam počinio nikakvo kazneno djelo. Ponosan sam na svoj život, na svaki svoj korak, na sve ono što smo moja obitelj i ja stvorili. To nitko ne može zaprljati. Nikakvi mediji, zlonamjerni ljudi, ništa. S obzirom da sam sportaš, dobit ću i ovu utakmicu. Dobit ću je u svakom slučaju te tako pokazati tko sam, kako sam živio i kako živim. A živim tako da živim za svoje bližnje, za svoju Domovinu, za svoj klub i za sve moje i naše navijače. Sa indignacijom odbacujem sve optužbe, a svima koji žele narušiti moj ugled i ugled moje obitelji poručujem da neće uspjeti. Dejan Lovren dobit će i ovu bitku. I svaku drugu. Pozdrav svima, hvala na snažnoj podršci.

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Both Modric and Lovren have been accused of giving false statements during the trial. Now the Reds' defender has taken to his Instagram to dismiss these claims.

The 29-year-old, who revealed he learned about the charge after a training session, wrote on his Instagram account: "With indignation I dismiss all accusations.

"To anyone who wants to ruin my reputation and the reputation of my family, I say it will not succeed.

"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."

Mamic was found guilty of taking millions of euros during his time as an executive at Dinamo Zagreb. 

Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Modric is under the accusation of making a false statement in June 2017 in regards to his move from Dinamo to Tottenham in 2008. 

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Lovren's role in the case comes after his own move away from Dinamo to Lyon in 2010, where 50% of the €8.5m transfer fee paid by the Ligue 1 side was passed on to the Mamic family. 

Having been named as key witnesses thanks to the high profile of their moves away from the Croatian giants, the pair were accused of perjury after altering their initial stances to favour their former boss. 

Should the pair be convicted of perjury, they could face a maximum jail sentence of up to five years. However, Croatian football journalist Aleksandar Holiga wrote on Twitter that he does not expect either player to serve time.

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