Former Real Madrid Player Bravo Declines Involvement in Assassination attempts of Ex-Teammate

Former Leeds defender Raul Bravo has denied ordering the assassination of ex-Olympiakos teammate Darko Kovacevic .

The 38-year-old is best remembered from his playing days at Real Madrid , where he won the Spanish La Liga twice, as well as a Champions League title.

During his time at Madrid, Bravo spent six months on loan at Leeds in the second half of the 2002-03 season, before signing for Greek side Olympiakos in 2007.

It was there he met Serbian international Kovacevic, whom he has now been accused of hiring someone to kill, after the striker was attacked in a park in Greece.

Kovacevic – formerly of Sheffield Wednesday – was shot at outside his home in Athens, as two assailants attempted to ambush him while he tried to park his car.

But Bravo has blasted claims by the Serbian press that he was behind the attack as “nonsense”.

As reported by the Sun , Bravo 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.”

Kovacevic, 46, managed to evade the attackers, but was taken to hospital after injuring himself dodging a bullet.

He was arrested last year as part of an investigation into match fixing and corruption in Spanish football, which Bravo was also questioned over.

Italian media outlet Gazzetto della Sport suggested there could be a relation between Kovacevic’s arrest and the subsequent attack.

The gunmen fleed the scene in a Smart car, which was found torched in the Glyfada neighbourhood on the outskirts of Athens city centre.

Recalling the incident, Kovacevic said: “I saw a man getting out of a car with a gun in his hand and coming towards me.“I instinctively dived to the right and he fired at me.”Then he ran, got into the car and disappeared.”

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