For the last few years Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb have played in front of an empty Maksimir stadium as the club’s ultras, Bad Blue Boys, boycotted matches. That is set to end with news that the fans are set to make a return to the stadium…
Bad Blue Boys had been feuding with the club’s chairman Zdravko Mamić, but with Mamić in custody BBB have announced their return.
Mamić and his brother Zoran, Dinamo’s head coach, were arrested on the weekend and remanded in custody for a month. The pair face fraud and embezzlement charges which anti-corruption investigators say cost Dinamo Zagreb 17.3m USD. According to reports the pair are accused of taking cuts from the transfer of some of the club’s players, including Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić.
A near capacity crowd is now expected for the Dinamo Zagreb / Hajduk Split derby this weekend.
“We call all Bad Blue Boys. There is nothing to wait for anymore, the time has come to go to battle for our people and show that we are a proper supporters group,” BBB posted on Facebook, appealing to all fans to come back to the stadium.
The Mamić brothers will rigorously defend the charges.
(photo / dinamo4ever)