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Footballer Lionel Messi to be tried in Spain on tax fraud charges: court

08 October 2015, 20:47

Barcelona - Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday.

Also read: FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini for 90 days

In a court filing, the judge in charge of the case rejected the request of the public prosecutor to try only the footballer's father.

The pair were accused in 2013 of defrauding the taxman out of 4.16 million euros ($4.69 million) in taxes related to Messi's image rights between 2007 and 2009 through the creation of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay.



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