Report: Raul Bravo Accused of Hiring Hitman in Attempt on Darko Kovacevic

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2020

PIRAEUS, GREECE - NOVEMBER 29:  Raul Bravo of Olympiacos F.C. during the Super League match between Olympiacos F.C. and Panathinaikos FC held on November 29, 2009 at the Karaiskakis Stadium, in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Former Real Madrid full-back Raul Bravo has reportedly been accused of hiring a hitman to make an attempt on his former team-mate Darko Kovacevic.

Spanish football writer Colin Millar reported the news:

Colin Millar @Millar_Colin

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

According to Serbian outlet Telegraf (h/t Marca), Bravo allegedly masterminded the attempt on Kovacevic, whom he played with at Olympiacos.

Per Ta Nea (h/t Football Espana) in early January, Kovacevic was ambushed near his home in Athens by two men. None of the bullets hit, but the 46-year-old injured himself while trying to avoid the gunfire.

Darko Kovacevic
Darko KovacevicSrdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Greek police reportedly found a burnt-out vehicle that may have been used in the attack, per Ta Nea.

In May, Servimedia (h/t Marca) reported Bravo was among those arrested in a match-fixing scandal and was allegedly the ringleader. Shortly after, El Mundo (h/t Marca) reported he was involved in an attempt to threaten Huesca president Agustin Lasaosa over €100,000.

The 38-year-old won two La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and also spent time with Leeds United.