Split Decision On Messi’s Tax Trial, As He Returns To Argentina Squad

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In the ongoing tax fraud case involving Lionel Messi, his father and Spain, the prosecutors don’t see eye to eye.

The public prosecutor has suggested that the Albiceleste captain be acquitted of any wrongdoing, with the Government prosecutor asking for the Barcelona star to be handed a prison sentence of 22 months and 15 days.

On Thursday, the five time golden ball winner stated he didn’t know anything about the fraudulent activities, with his father in full support of the claim.

Public prosecutor Raquel Amado contended that Jorge Messi was the man responsible for defrauding the Spanish tax office and should face 18 months in prison, while the Argentina forward should be acquitted.

“If there is any doubt, Lionel Messi should be acquitted,” Amado told the court.

“Any fraud is down to his father, who takes care of his economic and fiscal management.”

Government prosecutor Mario Maza, representing the interests of the Spanish tax office, claimed Lionel Messi’s argument had “zero credibility” and recommended a prison sentence of close to two years for father and son.

Proceedings closed on Friday and the pair await sentencing.



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