Barcelona angry over Messi trial
Barcelona are angry that superstar forward Lionel Messi will be standing trial for tax evasion charges.
The Prosecutor’s Office had recommended that only Messi’s father, Jorge, be prosecuted, but the State Attorney declined.
The State Attorny is seeking 22 months in prison for the 4-time Ballon D’Or winner.
“The club is shocked by the difference in opinion between the Prosecutor’s Office, which on September 25 decided not to charge Messi on fiscal crimes, and the views expressed today by the State Attorney which state exactly the opposite,” a statement released on Thursday by Barcelona explained.
“FC Barcelona express solidarity and affection towards Lionel Messi and his family in such an unusual situation. The club will continue to give him all its help and support in legal, fiscal and administrative matter during the trial.”
“Barcelona reject the accumulation of outside decisions, completely inadmissable and which started a long time ago, and which are unrelated to sporting matters,” the statement fired.
“They damage the club’s good standing, its stability as well as that of the sportsmen which belong to it. The club will continue to work firmer than ever to defend its rights and to be prepared for any new challenges that may arrive.”