Raul Bravo Denies ‘Nonsense’ Claims He Ordered Assassination of Former Teammate

​Former Real Madrid and Leeds United defender Raul Bravo has denied allegations he ordered the death of Darko Kovacevic, who he played with at Olympiacos.

The pair won two Greek Superleague titles during their time together at Karaiskakis Stadium, the Spaniard spending a total of four seasons with the club, while Kovacevic stayed for just two before retiring.

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​Reports in the Serbian press sensationally accused Bravo of arranging the attack that happened at his former teammate’s home in Athens earlier this month, with 46-year-old Kovacevic requiring treatment at a local hospital after injuring himself while dodging bullets.

It is unknown if the incident was an attempt at Kovacevic’s life or a just warning shot due to the information he’s claimed to know about a match-fixing scandal which Bravo has been caught up in.

The former Real Madrid defender was among 11 people arrested after an investigation by Spanish authorities – relating to a possible case of match-fixing in May 2018.

Bravo has now addressed claims he could be involved in any illegal operations. Speaking to Radio Marca’s ‘A Diario’, he said: “A magazine in Serbia reported it and I was stunned that it said I ordered the murder of Kovacevic.

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.”

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Asked whether he had fallen out with Kovacevic, the Spain international replied: “I will say it again, the relationship is great. [The report] is something that has neither legs nor a head. It is a complete invention, madness.

“[Kovacevic] 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.”

After revealing he had already spoken to the Serb about the allegations, Bravo said: “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.”

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