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Messi appeal against tax evasion sentence rejected by Spanish Supreme Court logo 24-05-2017
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The Spanish Supreme Court has rejected Lionel Messi's appeal against his conviction for tax evasion.

The Argentine was sentenced to 21 months in jail last year for failing to pay €4.1 million in taxes between 2007 and 2009, and was also given a €2m fine. His father, Jorge Messi, was handed the same prison sentence and a smaller fine of close to €1.7m.

Although Messi is unlikely to serve time behind bars because he has no prior convictions, he appealed what his lawyers called a "symbolic" conviction, taking the case to a higher court.

The appeal has been knocked back, but the Supreme Court has lowered his sentence to 15 months, while his fine now stands at €1.3m and Jorge's has been cut to €1.3m.

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