Messi’s Spanish Jail Sentence For Tax Fraud To Stand


Madrid: Spain’s Supreme Court has ratified a 21-month prison sentence handed down to Argentine football star Lionel Messi for tax fraud following the Barcelona player’s appeal, Spanish media reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

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The Supreme Court could not immediately confirm the reports. Messi, and his father Jorge Horacio who received the same sentence, were also fined 2 million euros (£1.7 million) in a ruling in July last year.

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Neither Messi nor his father are expected to serve time in jail, as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.