UEFA removes two officers linked to legal instances from its committees

UEFA removes two officers linked to legal instances from its committees

Whereas Damir Vrbanović was faraway from a committee overseeing the European Championship, Slavisa Kozeka from its committee overseeing the 55 European member federations.

UEFA removes two officials linked to criminal cases from its committees

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Geneva: A Croatian soccer official sentenced to jail in a corruption case linked to a Luka Modrić switch was faraway from a committee overseeing the European Championship, UEFA stated Friday.

Damir Vrbanović misplaced an attraction final week towards his conviction and a three-year sentence in a ruling by the supreme court docket of Croatia.

Vrbanović, a former government at Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatia soccer federation, had been reappointed by UEFA to its Nationwide Group Competitions Committee in 2019 whereas awaiting his attraction towards the conviction the earlier yr.

UEFA additionally eliminated former Serbia soccer president Slavisa Kozeka from its committee overseeing the 55 European member federations.

Kozeka resigned as head of Serbian soccer on Monday after being linked to a fan group with alleged ties to organised crime.

“They’re now not members of their respective UEFA standing committees,” the European soccer physique stated Friday of Vrbanović and Kozeka.

Within the Croatian case, the conviction was additionally upheld for Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamić, who resigned two days earlier than his group beat Tottenham final week to achieve the Europa League quarter-finals.

The case associated to hundreds of thousands of {dollars} embezzled from transfers overseas of Dinamo gamers, together with Modrić to Tottenham in 2008 and Dejan Lovren to Lyon in 2010. Each gamers testified in court docket in 2018 and had been accused of perjury.

The embezzlement trial in Croatia led to verdicts one week forward of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Soccer federation vice chairman Zdravko Mamić fled to Bosnia-Herzegovina earlier than being sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail.

Mamić was an in depth ally of federation president Davor Šuker, the previous Dinamo and Actual Madrid ahead who has been a member of UEFA’s government committee since 2015.

Regardless of the turmoil, Modrić captained a Croatia group with Lovren in protection to the World Cup closing, shedding 4-2 towards France. Modrić was voted FIFA finest participant on this planet for 2018.

Vrbanović made headlines on the match when, because the convicted director normal of Croatia’s soccer physique, he sat within the VIP part on the quarter-finals sport towards Russia. In the identical row of seats had been then-Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Croatia’s then-president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

FIFA later stated there was no restriction on Vrbanović as a result of his conviction was not closing whereas below attraction.

As a former Dinamo government, Vrbanović was a founding board member in 2008 of the European Membership Affiliation.

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