The coach and sports director of Dinamo Zagreb, Zoran Mamic (2013-2016 and 2020-2021), resigned this Monday. He did so after the Croatian Supreme Court upheld a sentence of four years and eight months in prison for embezzlement of club funds. "Although I do not feel guilty ... I am resigning as Dinamo's coach and sports director. I wish the club good luck and sporting success", Mamic, who will be replaced by his assistant, Damir Krznar, announced in a statement.
Mamic was sentenced to four years and eight months, while his brother, Zdravko Mamic, another senior official, was sentenced to six and a half years. Both are accused of having misappropriated 15.5 million euros; together with the former director of the club, Damir Vrbanovic, and a former tax employee, Milan Pernar.
The resignation comes hours before a transcendental match for his team. The crimes include illegal money transfers abroad through companies in tax havens. These were related to transfer operations of several Dinamo players, such as Luka Modric to Tottenham itself in 2008 or Mateo Kovacic to Inter Milan in 2013.
The truth is that Dinamo Zagreb loses its coach and lives critical hours in which it will have to recover as soon as possible in the face of this Thursday's duel for the UEFA Europa League. He faces English Tottenham, and will seek to turn the 2-0 of the idea at the Stadion Maksimir in the Croatian capital.