‘I have nothing to do with it’: Champions League referee Slavko Vincic, who took charge of Man City’s Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk in November, released after arrest during raid on drugs and prostitution party
- Champions League referee Slavko Vincic was arrested during a raid at a party
- Police arrested individuals believed to be involved in drugs and prostitution
- Vincic was questioned as a witness before being later released to return home
- Slovenia’s referee president said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time
Champions League referee Slavko Vincic has been released after he was arrested as as part of a drugs and prostitution raid at a party in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Slovenian, who took charge of Manchester City’s European clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in November, has spoken about the events after he was allowed to return home on Friday.
The official attended what he claims was an invitation to a business lunch in the Bosnian city of Bijeljina but found himself caught up in the raid and was arrested along with Tijana Maksimovic, who police reportedly believe to be the leader of a prostitution ring.
Champions League referee Slavko Vincic has been released after an arrest during a police raid
Police reportedly believe Tijana Maksimovic (above) to be the leader of a prostitution ring
Vincic found himself caught up in the raid and was arrested along with Maksimovic (above)
Officers reportedly held nine women and 26 men and seized cocaine, weapons and money
Officers reportedly held nine women and 26 men in total, and seized cocaine, weapons and money.
Vincic was questioned as a witness but then later released but told Slovenian media outlet Vecer he had nothing to do with the group.
‘I found myself on this ranch by chance. I have my own company, 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 it.
‘I was sitting at a table with my company, all of a sudden the police came and what happened, happened.
Vincic was questioned as a witness but then later released before returning home to Slovenia
‘I have nothing to do with the group that was arrested and detained, nor do my business partners.
‘Yes, they really took us to the police, asked as witnesses, when it turned out that we didn’t even know them, we were able to go.’
The president of the Association of Football Referees of Slovenia, Vlado Sajn, defended the referee, saying: ‘According to the information we gathered from official and unofficial sources, and last but not least from Slavko himself, he is not suspected of anything, no proceedings have been instituted against him.
‘He found himself in this place at the wrong time. He was invited to a party where there was a large group of people – he did not know the vast majority.
The official has refereed games involving Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham, Celtic and Rangers
‘There was a raid, 15 people were arrested, and all the others were allegedly brought to the police station to testify as witnesses.
‘Slavko is already in Slovenia. I consider this story to be a web of unfortunate circumstances.’
As well as taking charge of City’s clash with Shakthar, Vincic refereed Liverpool’s away tie with Napoli during this season’s group stages of the Champions League.
He has also officiated Europa League matches involving Celtic and Rangers.