After a phenomenal end to the 2017/18 campaign, playing his club and country to the biggest finals in world football, Dejan Lovren has struggled at the start of the new season. Just prior to Liverpool’s opening match it was revealed that the defender will be sidelined with an abdominal injury.
Then, just as he returned to Melwood to train yesterday, he was charged by Croatian authorities of perjury in the corruption case involving Zdravko Mamic. Mamic was recently found guilty of embezzling transfer fees whilst an executive for Dinamo Zagreb, Lovren’s former club.
Lovren responded to these charges with a denial on Instagram, as you do.
“With indignation I dismiss all accusations,” Lovren said. “To anyone who wants to ruin my reputation and the reputation of my family, I say it will not succeed,” he added.
”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.”
For what it’s worth, that’s a strong denial. Of course, he was accused of lying under oath, so I’m not sure how trustworthy an Instagram post can be.
Real Madrid star Luka Modric was also charged with perjury. Both Modric and Lovren moved from Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham in 2008, and Lyon in 2010, respectively. If convicted, the stars could face up to 5 years in prison.