Dinamo Zagreb president Zdravko Mamic arrested for alleged corruption, face Arsenal next week

The president of Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb, Zdravko Mamic, plus another four men according to Croatian site 24Sata, have today all been arrested.

The men stand accused of embezzlement, tax evasion and bribery.

Zdravko Mamic had been arrested back in July, only to be later freed on bail.

The principle claim against relates to accusations the men skimmed money off the top of big-money transfers to overseas clubs, the biggest of which was Luka Modric’s £16.6m move to Tottenham in 2008.

One of the men was pictured smiling in the back of a police car as he was taken away.

The news is a setback for Dinamo Zagreb ahead of next week’s Champions League game against Arsenal.

The reverse fixture brought the Croatians their standout result of the season, as they beat the Gunners 2-1 on home soil.

Zagreb are bottom of their Champions League on goal difference, while Arsenal are third bottom. Both sides have one win and three defeats in the competition so far.

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