Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric has been charged with perjury relating to the tax fraud trial of former Dinamo Zagreb director, Zdravko Mamic.
The Croatia international was alleged to have given a false testimony in 2017, when officials were investigating his transfer to Tottenham in 2008.
Mamic and three others have been charged with corruption, as they took cut from player sales that subsequently cost Dinamo and the state.
An important part of Modric’s contract was when he signed an annex to his Dinamo contract, stating a 50-50 split on transfer fee he will later generate.
According to prosecutors, Modric stated he signed the annex in 2015, a testimony he changed later on saying he signed it in 2004.
The attorney’s office insist Modric was warned by the judge in June “that he was obliged to tell the truth and that giving false testimony is a criminal offence” upon bringing the charge against him on Friday.
However, the Croatian Football Association (HNS) is “deeply convinced” of Modric’s innocence and “stands firmly” with the captain of the senior national team.
Their statement read: “The Croatian Football Association always and consistently supports the principle of presumption of innocence and considers every person innocent until proven otherwise.
“In a specific procedure, HNS is deeply convinced of the correctness of Luka Modric’s testimony before the court in Osijek, and especially because of Modric’s behaviour since his first appearance for the Croatian U-15 team in March 2001 to date.
“In almost 20 years, Modric has shown himself as a character… who is extremely responsible in his relationship with team-mates, obligations to the national team and the Croatian state, whose play in the national team and clubs has played a significant role in the sporting world.
“Thanks to his immaculate sports career and behaviour in the team, in 2016 he became the captain… and in international clubs he was confirmed as the most successful Croatian football player in history.
“Because of all this, the Croatian Football Association stands firmly with its captain of the team and believes that this process will confirm his innocence, as well as the unfoundedness of this indictment.
“We are also convinced that, thanks to Modric’s unbeatable character, this process will not have a negative impact on the performance of the national team… at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.”