Lionel Messi & father get 21-month sentences on tax charges

Juan Medina / Reuters

BELGRADE – A Barcelona court has handed Argentinian football star Lionel Messi and his father a 21-month sentence for tax fraud, according to a statement from the court. However, they are unlikely to actually go to prison.

Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi are accused of evading €4.1 million in tax in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

According to Spanish law, if a suspect receives a prison sentence of less than two years, they can serve it under probation. It means that Messi and his father probably won’t serve jail time.

The court ordered the Argentinian football star to pay some €2 million and his father to fork out €1.5 million.

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