FC Porto-Chelsea referee was arrested for trafficking and prostitution by mistake

The Slovenian was detained in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2020 for allegedly being involved in a network of prostitution, arms and drug trafficking. However, it was all a mistake and the judge was actually a witness to the case.

Slavko Vincic is well known in the world of football, having already played several games in European competitions, but in May last year, the referee was involved in a great controversy that had nothing to do with the pitch. The Slovenian was detained in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with 35 people – nine women and 26 men – for alleged involvement in a network of prostitution, arms and drug trafficking.

At the time, just as the Slovenian newspaper “Vecer” published, Slavko said he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and, what is certain, is that the referee did end up witnessing the case and returning to Slovenia.

“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. I was sitting at my desk. when the police suddenly came in and what happened. Neither I nor my business partners have connections with the people who were arrested. We became witnesses to the process as soon as they realized that we had no relationship with the rest, “he said.

The 41-year-old referee was reportedly found in a location in Bijeljina where police seized weapons and cocaine. According to the Croatian newspaper “24Sata”, Slavko Vincic was one of those targeted in an investigation that had as main suspect Tijana Maksimovic, a woman accused of prostitution and pimping.

This will be the third time that the Slovenian will referee a game of FC Porto in European competitions. He directed the game against Monaco (3-0 victory), of the Champions group stage in 2017/2018, and the encounter with Bayer Leverkusen (2-1 defeat), of the Europa League, in the 2019/2020 season.


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