Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric cleared in Croatian trial

Luka Modric has been cleared of giving a false testimony in a high-profile tax avoidance trial by a Croatian court, report Reuters.

Reuters say they have received confirmation from the Zagreb municipal criminal court that charges against the Real Madrid midfielder have been dropped, although no further reasoning is given.

The state attorney's office can appeal the decision while Laura Valkovic, the 33-year-old’s lawyer, argued that the charges were premature.

The charges related to the trial of former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic – a powerful figure in Croatian football – who was the midfielder’s boss while in his native country.

Prosecutors in Osijek believed Modric gave a false statement to a court earlier this month about his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham, with cash said to have been embezzled via phoney deals.

The Croatian star could have faced anywhere between six months and five years in jail and he has already had murals to him defaced in his home country.

Mamic, his brother Zoran, and two others are accused of corruption that reportedly cost Dinamo Zagreb more than €15m and the state a further €1.5m.

Modric falsely said he had signed an annex to his contract (which set out the terms of future transfer fees) in July 2004, despite reportedly telling investigators in 2015 it had only been signed when he was playing at White Hart Lane.

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