Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father are to appear in court today Friday, over
allegations of tax fraud. The four-time
World Player of the Year and his father, Jorge Messi, are accused of evading 4.2m euros (£3.4m) in tax on his image rights.
They are suspected of setting up companies in Uruguay and Belize to avoid paying tax in Spain.
Both men deny the allegations, which date back to between 2007 and 2009, saying the deals were done by Messi’s former agent without their knowledge.
Messi and his father will be questioned in a closed session in a court in Gava, the Barcelona neighbourhood in which the footballer has a home.
Friday’s hearing will determine whether or not the court will pursue them for the alleged evasion.
The pair have already paid back 5m euros (£4.2m) to the Spanish state but with the government cracking down on tax fraud amid a national financial crisis, this
has not prevented the prosecution.
Messi and his father had earlier said: “We have always fulfilled our tax obligations following the advice of our tax consultants who will take care of clarifying this
Source: sky sports
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