Former Australia international Ljubo Milicevic has hit out at Melbourne Victory as he makes his playing comeback today. Former FC Thun and Champions League participant Milicevic will turn out for local Melbourne club Dandenong City as he breaks his silence over his troubled time at Victory.
"I'm still receiving offers and I'm still interested in playing abroad," Milicevic told the Sunday Herald-Sun.
"One thing I didn't do well was deal with all the s--- they threw at me and I hit the wall. Instead of being in a peaceful place, I went out every weekend and got drunk.
"The only place I could go and be left alone was the dancefloor of a gay nightclub called Love Machine.
"Definitely, things were hurtful and if I had been in a better place, I would have done things a bit differently.
"Everyone was worried for me because all I was doing was eating heaps of chocolates, watching heaps of DVDs and reading books. And lying down on a couch.
"I did no exercise whatsoever. My sleeping patterns were shot and all the rest, but it's something I needed to go through."
Milicevic said club officials suspected he was on drugs and confronted him with their concerns, which he vigorously denied.
He also said a clash of personalities made life difficult.
"I'll be honest, at school I never liked bullies," Milicevic said, adding that he found himself in just such an environment at the Victory.
"Because I did my knee, I couldn't play and when you can't play, you can't defend yourself. At times I think I was naive but that's life and you've got to get on with it.
"The worst was probably when the club pulled me in and accused me of taking drugs. That killed me the most, to be honest.
"I went in there with my brother and as soon as they said that -- I had long hair at the time -- I wanted them to cut it and take a sample there and then on the spot. They said this person was a certified and reliable source and I wanted that person to be there so I could confront them.
"It is a vicious allegation and anyone who knows me knows how against drugs I am and for them to accuse me of that, I was really hurt."