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Tuesday, 6 June, 2000, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Saveljic may quit over arrest
Nisa Saveljic
Saveljic felt "humiliated" after his arrest at the airport
Yugoslav defender Nisa Saveljic says he may withdraw from the Euro 2000 finals after police detained him at Belgrade airport on charges of avoiding military service.

The 30-year-old from Montenegro, who plays for French side Bordeaux, was returning with the Yugoslav team from an Asian tour when police questioined him for an hour.

Saveljic told the Montenegrin daily newspaper Vijesti that he had been "humiliated and disappointed" by the incident.

The situation has become so complicated that it is not sure that I will go to the European Championship

Nisa Saveljic

He said he been given assurances by the Yugoslav football officials that the military service issue had been taken care off.

"It seems that these promises were not true, and the situation has become so complicated that it is not sure that I will go to the European Championship," Saveljic said.

Police ordered Saveljic to appear before a Yugoslav military court where he was charged with avoiding military service in the Yugoslav army, the daily said.

Judicial proceedings

The court demanded a $5,000 deposit to end the judicial proceedings and to allow him to keep his passport, Saveljic said.

The player said he refused to do so and was ordered to reappear before the court on Tuesday with a warning that his passport might be confiscated.

"If I go to the Euro 2000, I will play only for myself and my friends from the squad," Saveljic said, adding that he was "humiliated for being treated as a criminal... and not as a representative of the national team".

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