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Barcelona soccer player Messi loses appeal in tax fraud trial

Reuters logo Reuters 24-05-2017
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Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court's 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, court documents showed. Messi was found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.

Messi's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

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