Messi Convicted In Spain On Charges Of Tax Fraud

CRB Tech Reviews came across latest sports news about the Messis. Lionel Messi and his father are found guilty of tax fraud hence sentenced to 21 months in prison , but the Barcelona forward is not expected to spend time behind the bars.

On Wednesday, the court of Catalonia found that the Messis had avoided tax on Lionel’s image rights, Sport with above €4m owed in back payments. However since the court’s sentence was lesser than two years and neither of the Messis has a criminal record, they will not be sent to prison.

Prosecutors had alleged that tax havens in Belize and Uruguay were utilized to conceal earnings from image rights. But Messi mentioned his ignorance about his financial affairs, while his father said he was told by a legal adviser that was a legal practice.
The Spanish champions said the FC Barcelona gives all its support to Leo Messi and his father with context to the sentence for tax evasion that was handed out by the Provincial Court in Barcelona.
FC Barcelona continues to be on support of Leo Messi and his family to support him in any action he decides to take in defense of his honesty and his legal interests.
The conviction is however unlikely to hinder Messi’s football career. The 29-year-old is but free to attend Barcelona’s first day of pre-season training next week.

Messi is considered as a Spanish citizen because he moved to Barcelona at the age of 13, so any potential move to play in the Premier League in the future should not be of any concern though. As per current guidelines regarding the issuing of work permits to non-EU citizens require all applicants to first get a governing body endorsement (GBE) based solely on a player’s sporting prowess before that is forwarded to the Home Office for assessment.
While some criminal offenses usually for prison sentences of above 12 months results in an application being automatically rejected, the terms of Messi’s conviction means that he is unlikely to be refused a permit, even if the terms of Brexit mean EU citizens are forced to apply in future.
The disputed tax payments date back to the period from 2007 to 2009, a time when Messi helped to transform Barça into the world’s best team.
The news comes just a few days after Messi surprisingly announced his retirement from international football after missing a penalty that lead to Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa América final.CRB Tech WordPress
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