Predrag Mijatovic, better known as Pedja Mijatovichas been sanctioned by Tax authorities for not correctly declaring the income and perks he received from various agents for mediating the signing of footballers in the years immediately after leaving his position as sports director of the real Madrid. The treasury found that he had used “fraudulent means” to prepare a personal accounting in which “substantial anomalies” were detected, and therefore imposed a fine on him for maintaining conduct that is considered “very serious.” The sanction was confirmed on December 22 in a ruling from the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid to which he has had access. El Periódico de España, from the Prensa Ibérica group.
In 2009, after three years as sports director of Real Madrid under Ramón Calderón, Pedja Mijatovic definitively left the club to which, as a footballer, he gave the seventh Champions League in the 1998 final. Although he maintains that From then on he did not work as an intermediary in transfer operations, the inspectors of the Tax agency They have observed sufficient evidence that various agents paid him for his services both in cash and in kind. One of those representatives, for example, came to assume his medical bills and cover the cost of school tuition for the former soccer player’s children.
In addition, the Treasury has also detected irregular movements in the form of loans that Mijatovic carried out to bring one million euros from two companies based in Swiss that they were his property, despite not being declared as such, and that they would have supplied funds to the business that the Montenegrin has in Spain. A company with which, for example, he paid the expenses of his home in the exclusive urbanization of La Moraleja.
That is why only for the 2012 personal income tax, the Treasury established a debt that between liquidation and aggravated sanction is 285,000 euros. An amount that has been confirmed by the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid in a sentence against which there is still an appeal before the Supreme Court.
Lemic, the agent who brought Drenthe and Huntelaar to Real Madrid
In that ruling, the TSJM endorses the conclusions reached by the treasury with its “detailed” investigation, and even speaks of the “simulation” of a loan of “up to 1.5 million euros” by an agent who has orbited in the Madrid environment during the last two decades.
This is Vlado Lemic, a Serbian representative and former footballer with whom Mijatovic already had contact when he was sports director of Real Madrid. As a result of that relationship, for example, they landed at the Santiago Bernabéu Royston Drenthe in the summer of 2007 (for 14 million euros) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the winter market of 2009 (27 million).
Now without Pedja, Lemic also starred in one of the best signings in the club’s recent history by mediating the arrival of Luka modric in 2012, although six years later he allegedly tried to take the Croatian from the club. Mijatovic, for his part, has become in recent years one of the people with the best information about Modric’s future plans, whom he considers a “friend.”
Avoid the control of the Bank of Spain
As both the Superior Court of Justice and the Regional Economic-Administrative Court of Madrid consider proven, Lemic has “been paying Mijatovic compensation for his advisory and intermediation services in the football market.”
For these tasks, which would not have been correctly declared to the treasury, Lemic would have paid directly from his account in Luxembourg Mijatovic’s private expenses such as his children’s school fees, medical bills or personal trips. In addition, the Treasury inspectors speak of an alleged “line of credit”, which was nothing more than the “simulation” of a loan to hide his salary.
“The money leaves Mr. Lemic, reaches Mr. Mijatovic and neither of them seems to carry out an adequate follow-up of this operation, which in the four years inspected would reach almost 800,000 euros and which could reach 1.5 million euros“, say the conclusions of the AEAT technicians, who point out that in 2011 and 2012 the amounts were “variable”, but that from then on they were scheduled. “What should be an extraordinary financing mechanism for Mijatovic has been become an ordinary and predictable situation, so that each quarter it receives more or less fixed amounts”.
The court also points out that both knew what was happening, since “payments exceeding 50,000 euros were divided into simultaneous transfers to Mijatovic and his related company to avoid the control of the Bank of Spain.” And, as an example of why he considers it to be a simulated loan, he says that “no interest was charged and the lender bore the costs of the operation.”
His debts with the Treasury almost cost him a home
In September of last year, The confidential published the auction of a property valued at 613,400 euros that Mijatovic had in Marbella. The reason was to settle the debts that the former athlete had with the Treasury, which valued the auction of the home in the luxurious Los Granados urbanization at 360,449 euros, practically half. A few hours before the deadline, Mijatovic decided to pay what the treasury demanded to stop a sale that had 206,000 euros as the highest bid.
This debt, says the aforementioned digital media, would refer to personal income tax for 2011, that is, the year prior to the one recently analyzed by the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid, but as internal sources from the Treasury confirm to EL PERIÓDICO DE ESPAÑA Mijatovic is an “old acquaintance” of the Tax Agency. In 2017, for example, he was already accused of a fraud of 603.00 euros, which is why the treasury also threatened to take away his villa in Mijas to pay off the debts.