Lovren charged with giving false testimony


Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been charged with giving false testimony in a trial in Croatia.

The centre-back has been named by the state attorney, but the evidence he provided in the case has been cited in a statement given on Wednesday.

It relates to a case against officials from his old club Dinamo Zagreb, with any wrongdoing denied, who have been charged with avoiding tax worth around one and a half million pounds and diverting another fourteen million pounds away from the club.

Lovren left the club back in 2010 to join French side Lyon before heading on to the Premier League in the Summer of 2013 when he signed Southampton – where he played for just one season.

Liverpool swooped to complete a deal to sign him after his impressive campaign for the Saints and he has remained at Anfield for the past four years.

Should Lovren be convicted in the case, he could face between six months and five years in prison for the crime – which is the punishment for such wrongdoing in his homeland.

He testified at the trial of a Croatian tax official and three former officials from his old club – including its former chief executive Zdravko Mamic, who fled to Bosnia before being sentenced to jail time in Croatia.

The charge related to the dates of signing the annexes to his professional contracts which regulated transfer fees, with Real Madrid star Luka Modric also being accused of giving a false testimony in the same case.

It has been a mixed year for Lovren, with the defender playing in both the Champions League and World Cup finals so far, losing both, and subsequently missing the start of the campaign thanks to a stomach injury.

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