Modric could face jail term in Croatia

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could be jailed for up to five years in his native Croatia, if convicted of perjury allegations.

Modric has been charged by prosecutors over giving false testimony during the trial of former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic.

It is alleged that Modric lied about the nature of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Spurs after claiming that there was an agreement with Mamic to pay half of the £16.5million deal.

Croatian prosecutors allege that there was no legal contract and Mamic took an amount of money without informing tax authorities.

Mamic is one of four men accused of embezzling 15 million euros in transfers between Dinamo and overseas clubs.

The Croatian Football Federation insists it is standing behind the national team captain, despite the allegations.

“We believe that in this process he will prove his innocence as well as the groundlessness of the charges,” said a statement.