News 7th July 2015

Dinamo Zagreb officials arrested as part of corruption crackdown

Dinamo Zagreb’s Chairman, Zdravko Mamic and manager Zoran Mamic (Zdravko’s brother) are among 12 people arrested as part of a crackdown on corruption and match-fixing by Croatian state authorities. The Croatian Office for Combatting Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) allege that the Mamics colluded with two tax officials to falsify loans and player contracts, and avoid tax. ‘Dinamo was defrauded by at least HRK117.8 million [€15.5 million] and the budget for avoided taxes was at least HRK12.2 million [€1.6 million]’, read a 3 July USKOK statement, which was reproduced on the internet site of the State Attorney’s Office (DOHR).

Dinamo said that the club would support the Mamics in their defence against the allegations. “The whole club is behind Zoran and Zdravko”, said Dinamo’s CEO, Tomislav Svetina, in a 5 July statement on the club’s internet site. “I believe that the statements of USKOK and the State Attorney’s Office will prove to be unfounded”.

A day later, USKOK said it was investigating allegations against eight individuals suspected of bribery and corruption in a suspected plot to fix football matches. ‘In April and May 2015, there are reasons to believe that referees in Split-Dalmatia County sought and received various sums from two football clubs, involving the coach of one football club and the Secretary of another, in exchanged for biased judgements, mistakes and oversights in order that the clubs achieve a more favourable position in the league’, read a 4 July statement. USKOK said it had asked the Split County Court to investigate whether charges should be brought against the defendants.

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