Lionel Messi facing 22 months in jail after tax fraud case ruling

Barcelona star and father to stand trial over image rights fraud allegations, judge rules

LAST UPDATED: 8 Oct, 2015 @ 19:38

LIONEL Messi and his father must stand trial on tax fraud charges, a judge ruled.

The court ruling reversed the prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against the Barcelona star.

TRIAL: Messi and father heading to court
TRIAL: Messi and father heading to court

Argentina striker Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding Spanish authorities out of more than €4 million .

The allegations centre on image rights earned by the player between 2007 and 2009.

Messi argued he did not have any say in his tax affairs at the time.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” said the judge.

No date has yet been set for the trial.



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