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 …