Ivica Olić Punished for Betting in Germany

Daniela Rogulj

Former Croatian National Team player Ivica Olić was fined two games without play and 20,000 euros for betting, according to the German Football Association (DFB).

Olić, who is now 37, plays for second division side in Germany – Munich 1860. In a statement released from the DFB, there have been periods of time from 26 August to 11 September this year that prove Olić has bet online in a large number of games, including nine meetings with the German Second league, reports Dalmacija News.


According to preliminary information, Olić’s bets online amount to less than 1000 euros, and it has been said that it was only done during parties with friends. German law does not allow active football players to bet, even through an intermediary.


Olić certainly expected a drastic punishment of the club. “I made a big mistake and I accept the punishment. This was done exclusively for fun and I let my friends use my credit card to bet on matches. I repeat, it was not the money, but only the entertainment, and it was only betting small amounts. I’m sorry that it happened, I was not thinking about the consequences of our party,” said Olić on the official website of his club, Munich in 1860.


In Olić’s career, he played for Marsonia, Hertha, Zagreb, Dinamo, CSKA, HSV, FC Bayern, Wolfsburg and Munchen 1960 and has 104 caps for the Croatian National Team.


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