Senior official Slavko Vincic insisted he was arrested after unwittingly becoming a witness as Bosnia and Herzegovina police charged on a gang of 26 men and nine women suspected of being part of a drug ring and of prostitution.
Slovenian referee called to attend a business lunch in the Bosnian town of Bijeljina “my biggest mistake” after being allowed to return home on Friday following a raid in which police arrested a group of people suspected of carrying cocaine and guns and pimping.
Alleged footage from the scene, released by BN TV, showed several men sitting with their arms tied behind their backs near a selection of guns, as well as clips of women modeling for photoshoots and drinking champagne in glamorous backdrops as part of a supposedly headed ring. by Tijana Maksimovic.
“We have nothing to do with it”, Vincic said Vecer, claiming that footage of the arrests, when police also allegedly recovered around $ 11,000 in cash, had been “shown too dramatically.”
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“There weren’t any orgies. I didn’t see any guns.
“I have my own business. I was in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a business meeting. I accepted an invitation to lunch, which turned out to be my biggest mistake. I regret.
“I was sitting at a table with my company when all of a sudden the police came and what happened, happened. I have nothing to do with the group that was arrested and detained, nor my business partners.
“The police took us as witnesses. When it turned out that we didn’t even know them, we were allowed to go.”
A report at a Slovenian point of sale 24 Sata claimed that Vincic had planned to “use sexual services” provided by Maksimovic – also known as Tijana Ajfon.
The high fashion lover was shown working out in the gym and taking selfies in a mirror as part of the video of the raid linked to the glamorous model.
Maksimovic uses her Instagram account, where she has more than 101,000 followers, almost exclusively to post pictures of herself in tiny outfits, show off her newspaper photos and pose in front of cars.
Vlado Sajn, president of the Association of Football Referees of Slovenia, said Vincic returned to his homeland after being the victim of “a web of unfortunate circumstances.”
“He ended up in this place at the wrong time,” he explained. “He was invited to a party where there was a large group of people – he didn’t know the vast majority.
“There was a raid, 15 people were arrested and all the rest were reportedly taken to the police station to testify as witnesses.”
The 40-year-old referee, who has taken charge of matches involving English Premier League title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League this season, called the episode a “nightmare”.
“I am going through very difficult times”, he admitted, declining to comment on the implications for his career as a referee.
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“When I turn this movie back on, I think I’m dreaming. I want to sleep. I want peace and privacy.”
Sajn said the association considers the situation to be over. “For us, the case is closed unless new information emerges”, he added. “But from what I’ve gathered so far, I don’t think that’s possible.
“If he was suspected or accused of a crime it would of course be very bad for his career, but he is not guilty of anything.”
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