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Dinamo Zagreb Boss Zoran Mamic Resigns After Being Sentenced to Four Years in Prison 3 Days Before Tottenham Clash

By Amreen
Zoran Mamic has quit Dinamo Zagreb after being sentenced to over four years in prison
Zoran Mamic has quit Dinamo Zagreb after being sentenced to over four years in prison / Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images
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Dinamo Zagreb managed Zoran Mamic has resigned from his post after being handed a four-year prison sentence for fraud by Croatia's supreme court. The news comes three days before Zagreb are to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League on Thursday.

The club have confirmed that former player Damir Krznar will replace Mamic on an interim basis. Mamic, 49, was given a jail term along with brother Zdravko in 2018 in Osijek.

"Although I don't feel guilty, I resign as I said before I would do if the sentence was confirmed," Mamic said in a statement on the official Dinamo Zagreb website. "I wish all the good luck to the club."

Jose Mourinho's side lead Zagreb 2-0 from the first leg, and their preparations for the clash have no doubt been thrown into disarray following Mamic's resignation. Krznar has a monumental task on his hands, if he is to help his former club overturn the first-leg deficit.

Mamic and his brother were sentenced to jail terms alongwith former club director Damir Vrbanovic and tax inspector Milan Pernar, who were charged with embezzling £13million from the club by siphoning off money from transfer fees and tax evasion worth £1.38m.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric had also been caught up in the same case before the court dropped a charge of perjury against the Croatian in October 2018.

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