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Jail term assigned to Lionel Messi in Spain for tax fraud

Written by White Angelis

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Lionel Messi Argentina and Barcelona footballer was convicted to 21 months in prison for tax deception.

Messi’s father, was also given a jail term for cheating Spain of about €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.

They also faced millions of euros in fines for using tax sanctum in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.

 Nevertheless, neither messi nor his father is expected to serve time in jail.

Prison terms Under the Spanish system of less than two years can be served under trial.

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In Wednesday’s pronouncement by the court in Barcelona, Messi and his father were found liable of three counts of tax fraud.

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In addition to the jail terms, Messi was charged about €2m while his father was asked to pay €1.5m. They made an optional of €5m equal to the affirmed unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.

The sentence could be solicited against through the Spanish Supreme Court.

FC Barcelona’s reaction

“In relation to the conviction for tax fraud, FC Barcelona indicates its full support to Leo Messi and his father “regarding the facts underlined in this case,” FC Barcelona believe’s that Messi, who has ameliorate his position accompanied by the Spanish tax office, is in no way responsible of charges.

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