Controversial Chairman of Dinamo Zagreb football club and Croatian football federation board member Zdravko Mamic is in hot water with the law after a racist rant against Croatia’s Minister of Sport and Education Zeljko Jovanovic on a radio station on Friday.
Mamic, who was once voted the Craziest Man in Football by an English portal, was apprehended late on Friday afternoon for “inciting violence and hatred” after he unleashed a tirade of abuse directed at Jovanovic.
“He’s Croat-hater. When you look at him, you don’t see a smile but fangs with blood coming out of them,” said Mamic on Soundset radio, before continuing his outburst.
“‘Jovanović hates everything Croatian, a Serb cannot lead the country’s most important department. He’s an insult to Croatian brain.” said Mamic.
The Croatian football federation were quick to condemn Mamic’s outburst, saying that it was totally unacceptable and they would be instigate disciplinary action against their board member. The outburst even attracted attention from the country’s president Ivo Josipovic.
Mamic;s words are offensive and maliciously aggressive towards the Serbian minority and Serbs as people,” said Josipovic.
Jovanovic himself refused to comment on the attack, only to say that it is now a job for the state attorney. The penalty for Mamic’s hate speech under Croatian law is 3 years in prison.