Lionel Messi, Father Sentenced To 21-Month Prison Term Over Tax Charges

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Soccer star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found them guilty of three counts of tax fraud.

The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court, a statement from the court said.

Messi and his father will not serve a stretch behind bars. However. under Spanish law, a prison sentence under two years can be served under probation.

The court ordered Messi to pay a fine of around 2 million euros and his father to pay 1.5 million euros.

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