Luka Modric Appears In Court With Wife Vadja After Being Accused Of Tax Fraud

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric appeared in court as part of a tax fraud case in the Spanish capital on Tuesday.

Officials said the Croatia midfielder was in court for about 10 minutes along with his wife and lawyer. The player’s wife, Vadja, is also being accused of tax irregularities.

Spanish prosecutors have accused Modric of defrauding tax authorities of £768,325 (€870,728) in 2013 and 2014.

Local newspaper El Mundo says Modric has already paid nearly £900,000 (€1million) to tax authorities to try to reach a settlement even though the player has denied any wrongdoing.

Court and tax officials say they cannot confirm or deny the payment. Details of Modric’s court appearance have not been released.

Modric has been playing for Madrid since being signed from Tottenham in 2012.

Several other players have been targeted by Spanish tax authorities recently, including Lionel Messi, who two years ago was found guilty – along with his father – for defrauding £3.6m (€4.1m) from income made from image rights.

Other players investigated include Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao.

Former Real Madrid boss and current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, is also being investigated.

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