Comment 13 Dec 17

Croatia's Corrupt Football World Thwarts Hope of Reform

As corruption allegations and court cases continue to tarnish Croatian football’s image, fans are losing hope that things will ever change in their beloved sport.

Juraj Vrdoljak
BIRN
Zagreb
Luka Modric coming to Osijek county court to testify. Photo: Beta

Croatia’s national football team made it to its fourth World Cup finals last month, after a more or less routine two-leg play-off victory against Greece.

For many Croatian fans, however, this sporting success is overshadowed by the controversies that have continued to mar the country's football scene for years.

Many fans feel disgusted by the apparently rampant corruption, fraud and politicisation of football in Croatia, which they feel has gone on for years.

Some are even running public campaigns against the country's football officials and boycotting matches played by leading clubs or the national team – though to little effect.

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