Perjury trial against Real Madrid’s Luka Modric dropped

An investigation into perjury of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been dropped by a court in Croatia, it has been confirmed.

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.

Zagreb's County Court has now confirmed that the charges – which could have led to a five-year jail term for the midfielder – have now been dropped.

The 33-year-old already had murals to him defaced in his home country in relation to Mamic’s charges which cost Dinamo Zagreb more than €15m and the state a further €1.5m.

Modric was alleged to have 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 Tottenham.

The midfielder won the Ballon d’Or award this week, adding to his FIFA The Best award from earlier this year, having led Croatia to this summer’s World Cup final.

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