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Spain Supreme Court Confirms 21-Month Jail Sentence For Lionel Messi

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On Wednesday, Spain Supreme Court confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and two-million-euro ($2.2-million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud. According to the ESPN, Mario Maza, the state attorney representing the tax authorities at the trial, said: “It could be that they are inexperienced with tax matters and the law and are not able to set up their own companies, but they are able to understand what paying your taxes means.”

On 6 July 2016, Lionel Messi and his father were both found guilty of tax fraud and were handed suspended 21-month prison sentences and respectively ordered to pay €1.7 million and €1.4 million in fine.

The sentence is to be suspended as is common in Spain for first offenses for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.

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