FC Porto-Chelsea referee Slavko Vincic was arrested in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for alleged involvement in a prostitution, arms and drug trafficking network in May 2020.
Along with the well-known Slovenian referee, another 35 people were arrested, nine women and 26 men, all of whom were caught in the act.
At that time, Vincic claimed he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up becoming a witness to the case after police interrogation, eventually clearing up the misunderstanding as soon as he was released.
«I was there by chance. I have my company and I was in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a business meeting. I accepted an invitation to lunch, which turned out to be a huge mistake. I regret doing it », he started by telling the Slovenian newspaper Evening at the high.
“I was sitting at my desk when the police came in suddenly and what happened happened. Neither I nor my business partners have connections with the people who have been arrested. We became witnesses of the process as soon as they realized that we had no relationship with the others, ”he added.
Moreover, the president of the Slovenian Arbitrators’ Association, Vlado Sajn, came out in defense of Vincic.
“According to the information we have from official sources and from Slavko himself, he is not suspected of anything and has not been charged. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was invited to a place where many people were, and he did not know the vast majority. Slavko has already returned to Slovenia. I consider this story to be a set of unfortunate circumstances », he referred to the date, quoted by the same source.
This will be the third time Vincic will direct a FC Porto game for the third time after having whistled his visit to Monaco (3-0) in 2017/18 and his trip to BayeArena in Leverkusen (1-0) last season.
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