Zoran Mamić is returning to Dinamo as its director of sports, despite the fact that he has been found guilty of corruption and faces more indictments. His conviction is currently under appeal.
Dinamo announced at a press conference on Wednesday that Zoran Mamić would be returning to the club after a four year absence. Zoran, the brother of former Dinamo Zagreb football boss Zdravko Mamić, was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months in prison on corruption charges. His brother Zdravko, considered until recently the most powerful man in Croatian football, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison the same trial. They were accused of siphoning off millions of euros in transfer fees from the club and evading millions more in taxes.
Mamić said he was innocent and would not be taking the job if that was not the case.
“It's a good question, what is moral? Many of you and your colleagues have judged me already. The verdict is not final yet and the basis of our system is the presumption of innocence,” Mamić told reporters.
The club's president, Mirko Barišić, said the club firmly believed Mamić was innocent. The club has sent a letter to the Prime Minister and President claiming it is being pressured by organized crime groups and that the leaders of these groups are trying to take over the club.
“We have received a letter and have asked the competent institutions to analyse it and see if there is any element that we can react specifically to," Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told reporters.
The club did not want to release any other details about what was in the letter.
Zoran Mamić has been working in the Middle East since 2016, coaching Saudi club Al Nassr and UAE team Al Ain. His return to Dinamo is not likely to sit well with fans who have long been calling for a change in leadership and believe Zdravko Mamić, despite having fled to Bosnia and Herzegovina to avoid prison, still has a huge influence over the organization.
Dinamo has had its most successful season in half a century this year, having reached the Round of 16 in the Europa League this spring.
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