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2018 World Cup: FIFA Investigates Croatia, Nigeria Match |RN

The world governing the body of football, FIFA, has launched a new investigation into the Croatia National Team and Croatian Football Federation, following an incident that occurred during their Group D match against Nigeria on June 16. Telegram.org says Croatian fans displayed the banner of The Ustasha during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

 

The Ustasha – Croatian Revolutionary Movement – was a Croatian fascist, racist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization between 1929 and 1945 and fought for Croatia’s independence and dissolution of Yugoslavia. In a separate case, Ognjen Vukojevic was fined by FIFA as a result of the video in which he stated, “This is a victory for the Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!” while Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was warned.

 

The Croatian Football Federation HNS relieved Vukojevic, who scouted the Nigeria National Team and players before Croatia’s World Cup opener, of his duties and had his accreditation revoked

 

An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric helped Croatia to beat Nigeria 2-0.  (The Sun)

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‘Most Wanted’ Fugitive Hands Himself In To UK Police |The Republican News

Ivika Todoric is on Europol's most wanted list                  © Other Ivika Todoric is on Europol’s most wanted list  

A fugitive on Europe’s most wanted list is fighting extradition to Croatia after handing himself in to British police over an alleged £127 million fraud.

Ivica Todoric said he would fight being sent back to face charges related to an alleged €110million (£127m) fraud at his heavily indebted family business, Agrokor.

The 66-year-old was the owner of the food and retail group, which is Croatia’s largest privately owned company, before it was put into state administration in April.

He handed himself in at London’s Charing Cross police station just after 9am on Tuesday and was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Croatia.

Hours before, Croatian authorities informed their British counterparts of his exact location in London after tracing his telephone calls.

Ivica Todoric was granted bail at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday© Getty Ivica Todoric was granted bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday

He had been on Europol’s most wanted list.

The fugitive, whose net worth is €155m (£136.5m), was granted bail by a judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutor Benjamin Seifert, appearing for the Croatian authorities, told the court Todoric faces three charges in Croatia – false accounting, fraud by false representation and abuse of position.

The court heard there is a global freeze on the millionaire’s assets.

Under his bail conditions, he has to provide security of £100,000, hand over his and his wife’s passports, wear an electronic tag and report to police three times a week.

“The context in which I grant you bail is the knowledge that both in this country and throughout the world your assets are frozen and your ability to obtain money is limited,” the judge said.

Writing on his well-known blog, the millionaire denied any wrongdoing and accused top Croatian officials of plotting against him for political reasons.

An audit performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of Agrokor’s state-appointed management showed a net loss of 11bn kuna (£1.28bn) last year and 3.6bn kuna (£420m) in 2015.

Agrokor’s net worth for the two years was reduced by 22bn kuna (£2.6bn).

Suppliers, bondholders and banks, including about £969m held by Russia’s Sberbank, provided credit to Agrokor.

Timothy Otty, Todoric’s lawyer, told the court his client is an extremely successful businessman who founded the group, which has been in existence for 40 years.

A full extradition hearing will take place in April 2018.   (Sky News)

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