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Messi exchanges tax sentence for €250,000 fine

Goal.com logo Goal.com 08-07-2017
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Lionel Messi has had his 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud lifted and exchanged for a €250,000 fine.  The Argentina international and his father, Jorge Horacio, were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud last July, with the pair failing to pay €4.1 million owed from image rights.

Neither has spent time in prison, however, with Spanish law dictating that any defendants without previous convictions serve sentences of under two years on probation. That period has now ended, with both men having had their sentences lifted and exchanged for fines.

Messi's father, who was originally sentenced to 15 months in prison, will now be forced to pay €180,000.

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