- Luka Modric will not face any punishment after giving false testimony in a criminal trial
- The Zagre-based criminal court did not give reasons for the decision
- The 33-year-old Modric emerged the Best FIFA Men's Player last week in London
A Croatian court has rejected a false testimony charge against Real Madrid star Luka Modric on Wednesday, October 3.
According to a UK Sun report citing Reuters, the Croatia star will not be found wanting over claims bothering on false testimony in a criminal trial.
The report also added that the Zagreb municipal criminal courts have also dropped the charge that was filed by the Croatia state attorney in March.
However, no explanations were given for the decision, but the matter is still not officially dead, as the state attorney's office can still appeal the ruling.
The 33-year-old Modric, who emerged the Best FIFA Men's Player, testified during the trial of a tax official and three ex-senior officials of Dinamo Zagreb and its former chief executive Zdravko Mamic, about the dates of his professional contracts.
The state attorney's office issued a release in June 2017 that Modric was under probe for giving a false testimony at the trial.
Mamic was later handed a six-and-a-half years in prison sentence, alongside the tax official and two Dinamo chiefs despite denying the allegations from the beginning.
However, Modric's legal representative Laura Valkovic informed Reuters, the defence in court insisted that the charge was premature.
At the moment, the final court decision in the case is still pending while an appeal process continues.
In September, Croatia international and Liverpool defence ace Dejan Lovren, was also docked with the same offence as Modric.
Interestingly, Croatia media reports claim the court did not accept the false testimony charge because it was "premature", suggesting it could be used during the court’s final decision in the tax avoidance trial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric has won the FIFA 2018 Best player of the year award in a ceremony held in London on Monday night, September 24.
The Croatia international defeated Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award in London on Monday night.
Luka Modric's performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup helped him win the award as he captained his national team to the final of the championship where they lost to France.
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