Football: Modric questioned in Dinamo Zagreb bribery and tax evasion probe

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric during a press conference on July 23, 2015.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric during a press conference on July 23, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

ZAGREB (AFP) - Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been questioned in Zagreb by anti-graft police in connection with a probe into Dinamo Zagreb officials suspected of bribery and tax evasion.

Modric, whose testimony is considered key for the case, was questioned on the financial details of his 2009 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, the Jutarnji list daily reported.

The anti-graft prosecutors suspect that Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic illegally earned more than 52 million kunas (S$10.9 million ) through the transfer.

Modric was questioned on Sunday, the paper reported.

Another Croatian international, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, was also to be questioned.

Zdravko, his younger brother Zoran, the Croatian champions' coach, along with a top football federation official and a tax inspector are suspected by the national anti-corruption bureau of giving and receiving bribes, tax evasion and other offences.

The suspected criminal offences had been taking place since 2008.