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Liverpool's Dejan Lovren responds to being charged with false testimony

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 20/09/2018 David Raven
Dejan Lovren looking at the camera: Lovren denied the accusations and thanked his fans for their support © Getty Images Europe Lovren denied the accusations and thanked his fans for their support

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has vowed to fight criminal charges brought against him in Croatia.

The 29-year-old, who was pictured training at Melwood this afternoon, took to Instagram hours after it was revealed he has been charged with false testimony.

The incident relates to an embezzlement trial in Croatia involving former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic.

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A conviction in the country for false testimony could lead to a jail term of between six months and five years.

The Croatian state attorney said today that a 29-year-old has been charged citing details from Lovren's testimony given a year ago.

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Lovren posted a statement in Croatian on Instagram alongside a picture of his World Cup Runner's Up medal.

In a lengthy post he denied the accusations and thanked his fans for their support.

He added: "I am proud of my life, every step of my life, everything that my family and I have created.

"I did not commit any criminal offence."

a man with his hand on his head © Credits: Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric was also charged for false testimony back in March in the same case.

Mamic was found guilty in June of siphoning off millions of euros in transfer fees when he was an executive at Dinamo Zagreb.

Lovren played for Dinamo Zagreb for four years in 2006 and moved to Lyon and then later Southampton.

He signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2014.

Liverpool Football Club said they will not issue a comment.

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