International Football Player Lionel Messi Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Tax Fraud

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6:08 pm 6 Jul, 2016

International football star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud charges.

The Barcelona court found him and his father Jorge Messi guilty of using companies in Belize, Uruguay, U.K. and Switzerland to avoid paying €4.16 million ($4.63 million) in taxes between 2007 and 2009.

His father was also given a jail term.

 

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Messi BBC

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Messi
BBC

However, Messi, who retired from international football late last month, is unlikely to serve time in jail.

According to Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.

During his testimony, Messi had said ‘he knew nothing’ about the management of his financial affairs.

His father also said that he did not have enough knowledge to orchestrate such a fraud, and blamed his tax consultants instead.

 

The court case attracted an enormous amount of press attention BBC

The court case attracted an enormous amount of press attention
BBC

Though Messi fans are yet to accept the verdict, Twitteriates didn’t spare any time and expressed their feelings over the same.

 

 


 

 

 

The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court.

 

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