Former Real Madrid Player Raul Bravo Denies Ordering Assassination On Former Teammate
Former Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo has denied claims he was responsible for ordering an assassination on a former teammate.
Earlier this month, Darko Kovacevic, who played with Bravo at Olympiakos between 2007 and 2009, was shot at outside his home in Athens.
He managed to avoid the gunshots but suffered minor injuries due to the way he dived to the floor to dodge the bullet fired.
According to The Mirror, the gunmen left the scene in a Smart car, which was later found torched nearby.
The press in Serbia, where Kovacevic is from, pinpointed Bravo as being behind the assassination attempt but the Spaniard has completely rubbished the reports.
Christ. Former Spain international full-back Raúl Bravo - once of Real Madrid, Leeds United - suspected of hiring a hitman to murder former Olympiakos teammate Darko Kovačević. Bravo has previously been arrested on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. https://t.co/DQZVXFE8bY
- Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) January 17, 2020
"A magazine in Serbia reported it and I was stunned that it said I ordered the murder of [Darko] Kovacevic," Bravo told Radio Marca's 'A Diario' programme, as per Goal.
"The only thing that matters [to them] is selling [magazines], and saying I wanted to kill Darko sells more. It's a crazy story, it's nonsense."
Last year, both Bravo and Kovacevic was arrested during the 'Operation Oikos' investigation into corruption within Spanish football.
La Gazzetta dello Sport speculated the attack on Kovacevic could be related to the match-fixing inquiry but Bravo is adamant there is no problem whatsoever between the pair and that they have talked about what happened.
"I will say it again, the relationship is great," he added.
"It [the report] is something that his neither legs nor a head. It is a complete invention, madness.
"He hasn't gotten into any trouble and he doesn't know why this has happened. He has earned a lot of money from football... I've told him to stay calm.
"At home they're a little scared. "But I knew that Darko was going to laugh when he saw the news. It took him two days to call me."
Bravo made 133 appearances for Real during his six years in the Spanish capital, winning La Liga and the Champions League.
He also spent a brief period on loan at Leeds United back in 2003, making six appearances.