By Chineze Ogugua
A Croatian criminal court sitting in Zagred has rejected a perjury charge against Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The 33-year old who recently won FIFA The Best Men’s player of the year award, was accused of giving false testimony at the trial of an ex-executive of his former club Dinamo Zagreb over his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
According to the municipal criminal court, the perjury charge against Mr Modric was “premature” because the verdict in the corruption trial itself was not yet final.
The trial also involved Dinamo chief executive Zdravko Mamic and three officials who have all been sentenced to prison over embezzled funds from player transfers.
Modric led Croatia to second place at the World Cup held in Russia, losing to France in the final. He was also awarded the golden ball at the tournament.
The verdict can be appealed.
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