Croatian star has apologized to Slovenian referee Damir Skomina and the Slovenian people for an insult during the Champions League semi-final match.
Luka Modrić has never been a controversial person, so different from some of his teammates both at Real Madrid and the Croatian national team. But an insult slipped from his mouth in the dying seconds of the Champions League semi-final match between Real and Manchester City, and it was shouted at the Slovenian referee Damir Skomina, who was refereeing the game.
It was not to be heard, but people with the most basic command of the Croatian language could easily read the words from his lips, and the problem is that many Slovenians understand Croatian too. The insult cannot be quoted here, as this is a family website, but it is enough to quote that “The Slovenian mother” was mentioned by Luka Modrić.
It raised reactions in the Slovenian media, and UEFA officials condemned it too, but Luka Modrić did what was expected from the respectful player he usually is, and in the interview for Sportske Novosti on May 6, 2016 he apologized for his actions.
He stated that he was actually unaware of his words until he saw the video, as it was shouted in the heat of the moment, but he also said that there is no excuse for his behavior and that he regrets it and is extending his apologies to both Damir Skomina and the Slovenian people.
One can hope that the matter will not be prosecuted by UEFA harshly, as even there is no excuse for the words of Croatian star, he has shown regret and knowing his behavior in the past; it would not be fair to sanction him too hard for the first mistake he has done.