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Liverpool’s Lovren charged with perjury

By AAP Newswire

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has denied any wrongdoing after being charged with giving false testimony in a trial against officials of his former club in his native Croatia.

As is a usual practice in Croatia, a statement from the state attorney's office did not name Lovren.

However, it charged a 29-year-old Croatian citizen, citing details from Lovren's testimony given a year ago.

Croatian media, including the state television website, reported that Lovren was charged.

Lovren and fellow Croatia international Luka Modric were caught up in the Dinamo Zagreb scandal that brought down Zdravko Mamic, a powerful football administrator, who was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail this summer for corruption.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric was charged with perjury earlier this year.

Lovren denied the charges in a post on Instagram.

"... I want to tell everyone that I'm innocent. I did not commit any criminal offence.I am proud of my life, every step of my life, everything that my family and I have created," he wrote.

"With indignation I dismiss all accusations, and to anyone who wants to ruin my reputation and the reputation of my family, I say it will not succeed."

A conviction for false testimony brings a jail term of between six months and five years.