Over the years, a number of footballers have got themselves into many controversies, and some of them even faced jail time. However, its now a Slovenian referee named Slavko Vinčić, who has been arrested for being involved in prostitution and drugs ring in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Following a police probe in the country’s underworld, the UEFA Champions League referee has been found to be guilty of being linked to drugs and illegal firearms, and is also charged for his involvement in a prostitution ring.
Vinčić was arrested with the possession of drugs and illegal firearms, along with Tijana Maksimovic, a Serbian model who is believed to be the head of the prostitution ring.
The ref was caught red handed by the police at the city of Bijeljina. According to official statement from the police, cocaine, illegal weapons and cash were also seized. Maksimovic was trying to cross the border into Croatia with three women. A total of 26 men and 9 women were arrested in the probe.
“During the search of the house and vehicles used by the suspects, 14 packages of cocaine, ten pistols, three suits of body armour, over 10,000 euros in various currencies, phones and laptops were found and seized,” the statement from Bijeljina police read.
However, the referee himself has negated his involvement in the ring.
“After a meeting with some business partners, there was an invitation to a party at a ranch to which we responded. After the police raid we were invited to an informative interview, where I explained that I did not know these people at all,” Vinčić spoke to the national media.
Vinčić has been an international referee for FIFA since 2010, and was a team member for the legendary Damir Skomina at the UEFA Euro 2012.
The 40 year old has also been the referee of a number of UEFA Champions League matches, most notably the Reds’ 4-1 group stage away victory over Genk back in October 2019, and City’s 1-1 home draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in November.