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Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb chief wounded in ‘assassination attempt’

Date Posted,August 21, 2017

Zdravko Mamic, the controversial former chief of Dinamo Zagreb, has been shot in an apparent assassination attempt.

According to multiple reports in Croatia and Bosnia, Mamic was in the small town of Zidine, near Tomislavgrad as he visited a local church and cemetery on the anniversary of his father, Josip’s, death.

Sata 24 report two masked attackers ambushed Mamic during the annual visit, and he was wounded above the knee.

His condition is non-life-threatening. Mamic arrived at a local health centre around noon local time, where he was treated and pictured smiling and laughing with staff.

According to Bosnian TV channel N1, he left of his own accord – refusing a transfer to a medical centre in Split – to return to Zagreb.

“The attack occurred immediately after he got out of the vehicle,” said Ivica Vrdoljak, Mamic’s spokesman. “He felt a strong pain in his leg as if something was burning.”

Dinamo have released a statement condemning the attack.

“GNK Dinamo was horrified by an armed attack and attempted assassination of Zdravko Mamić’s advisor on Tuesday, August 22, in Tomislavgrad.

“We absolutely condemn the attack.”

Mamic was detained overnight after a brawl with police in 2011 (Image: AFP)

Mamic has been on trial with regards corruption charges this year, accused of evading £1.4m in taxes and embezzling £10.5m of the club’s money along with his brother Zoran, club director Damir Vrbanovic and a tax administration employee Milan Pernar.

Mamic is also the ex-vice president of the Croatian Football Federation.

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