Dinamo Zagreb’s manager has walked away from the club just days before the Croatian club’s Europa League clash with Tottenham – after being given a prison sentence.
Zoran Mamic resigned as Dinamo’s head coach on Monday night after being sentenced to FOUR YEARS in prison for fraud, having been involved in helping to siphon around £13million from player transfers.
His sentence was confirmed by Croatia’s supreme court, with Mamic’s brother Zdravko – Dinamo’s former executive director who is said to be still ‘at large’ in Bosnia – also sentenced to six years behind bars.
It means Dinamo will be coached by former player Damir Krznar, starting with Thursday’s Europa League last-16 clash with Spurs.
The Croatian champions host the Premier League side in the second leg, after Spurs won the first leg 2-0 in London last week.
“Although I don’t feel guilty, I resign as I said before I would do if the sentence was confirmed. I wish all the good luck to the club,” Mamic said in a club statement.
“The supreme court has confirmed the Osijek municipal Court’s verdict sentencing Zdravko Mamic to six and a half years of imprisonment for the embezzlement of 116m kuna [£13.13m] from Dinamo football club,” said the statement published by HRT.
“Zoran Mamic’s sentence has been reduced to four years and eight months from four years and 11 months, while Milan Pernar had his sentence reduced to three years and two months from four years and two months.”
The court also confirmed the three-year prison sentence for former Dinamo director Damir Vrbanovic.
They had been charged with tax evasion worth 12.2m kuna – around £1.4m – and for siphoning off 116m kuna – around £13m – from transfers of players at the club.