Slovenian referee, Slavko Vincic has reacted, after he was allegedly arrested at a party as part of a probe into a prostitution and drug ring.
The 40-year-old referee who has officiated some Champions League games, including the game between Liverpool and Genk this season, was detained in a cabin in Bijeljina where the authorities also discovered nine women, 26 men with a cache of weapons, seized cocaine, weapons, and cash.
However, Croatian daily 24Sata reported that Vincic was arrested alongside with Tijana Maksimovic, who police believed was the ringleader of the prostitution ring.
Bijeljina police said: “14 packages of cocaine, ten pistols, three suits of body armor, over 10,000 euros in various currencies, phones and laptops were also seized, during the search of the house and vehicles used by the suspects.” Vincic, who has now been released from the Police custody said he was invited to a business meeting in the Bosnian city of Bijeljina and that he was just at the party by chance.
Nonetheless, Vincic confirmed that he was allowed to return home on Friday after he was interrogated by officers as a witness. Speaking to Slovenian news outlet about the incident, Vincic said: “I found myself on this ranch by chance. I have my own company, I was in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a business meeting.”
Speaking in details, he further clarifies;
“I accepted an invitation to lunch, which turned out to be my biggest mistake and I regret it. “I was sitting at a table with my company, all of a sudden the police came and what happened, happened. “I have nothing to do with the group that was arrested and detained. Yes, they really took us to the police, asked as witnesses, when it turned out that we didn’t even know them, we were able to go.”
Vlado Sajn, the president of the Association of Football Referees of Slovenia has come to the defense of Vincic, who he said was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. He said: “According to the information we gathered from some reliable sources, and last but not least from Slavko himself, he is not suspected of anything, no proceedings have been instituted against him. “He found himself in the place at the wrong time. He was invited to a party where there was a large group of people – he did not know the vast majority in the party.
“There was a raid, 15 people whereby at least were arrested, and all the others were allegedly brought to the police custody to testify as witnesses. “Slavko is already in Slovenia. I consider the whole event to be an occurrence of unfortunate circumstances,” He added.
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