Lionel Messi Will Stand Trial Over £3.4 Million Tax Fraud Allegations

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Lionel Messi is to face trial over an alleged €4.1 million (£3.4 million) tax fraud.

The news comes after a Barcelona court turned down an appeal made by his lawyers against the allegations.

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It means that the 27-year-old Argentinian striker, and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, will now stand trial for allegedly selling image rights via foreign-based companies to avoid Spanish tax obligations.

It is alleged the pair defrauded the Spanish government out of the huge sum of unpaid tax between 2006 and 2009. Both father and son deny the allegations.

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In August, Jorge Messi made a payment of €5m to the tax authorities – the €4.1m of the alleged unpaid tax plus interest.

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Lionel Messi has previously said that he and and his father “have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations”.

All of this is a bit of a dramatic crash down to Earth for the football superstar, coming just days after he lifted the Champions League trophy with Barcelona as the club completed the treble. Messy business!


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