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Messi and Father Appear in Court

  • Reuters, Friday, September 27, 2013 2:55 PM

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Messi testified separately in court on Friday to answer charges of tax evasion on income earned from the sale of the player’s image rights. The pair, which has denied wrongdoing, is accused of hiding more than 4 million euros ($5.4 million) after filing incomplete tax returns for the years 2006 to 2009. The Messis have already sent the Spanish tax authorities a “corrective payment” of 5 million euros ($6.8 million). 

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