A former Birkirkara keeper who was arrested on suspicion of match-fixing has sued his old club at the European Court of Human Rights as well as the Maltese courts, claiming that the allegations against him ruined his football career and his life.
Miroslav Koprić, a Croatian, was arrested in December last year after Birkirkara FC reported him to the police for suspected involvement in match-fixing. He was held in custody and interrogated for 48 hours but was never charged in court.
In a statement issued today, Koprić said that his laptop, phones and hard disc are still confiscated because the court expert, who checked them, has not yet finished his examination report.
“By the information we got, he is overloaded with work, which is not really our problem, and he has no time to finish what he was tasked,» Koprić said. «It is absoultely unacceptable for us as this whole story is taking far too long.”
Koprić said that he has sued Birkirkara FC at both the European Court of Human Rights and the Maltese Courts because the «false accusations» ruined his football career and life and affected his family.
“Because of this false accusations I couldn’t do my job for last six months and get paid for it because nobody wanted to hire a goalkeeper that was ”involved” in match fixing. And I can not prove that I am innocent because one court expert on Malta doesn’t respect the deadlines.”
Koprić has opened a separate case against Birkirkara FC to FIFA for not paying his salaries.
“I was never in my whole life involved in any illegal actions and have never had any problems with the police until I came to Malta and just wanted to do what I like the most- play football.”