Lionel Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax fraud conviction

Lionel Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax fraud conviction

Lionel Messi has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a tax fraud conviction in Spain.

The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of €4.1million from 2007-09.

He is not expected to go to prison because sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended in Spain.

The court maintained the €2million fine handed to the Argentina player in last year's trial.

Messi's father, Jorge Horacio Messi, also had been convicted of tax fraud, but the court reduced his sentence from 21 months to 15 months because he cooperated by returning the defrauded money to the tax authorities.

He also is not expected to face prison time.


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