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Messi Loses Supreme Court Appeal Over Tax-Fraud Conviction

Sentences of less than two years for first offenses are usually suspended in Spain

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    The international star faces nearly two years in jail for his role in a tax fraud scandal.

    (Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017)

    Lionel Messi has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a tax-fraud conviction in Spain.

    The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007-09. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences of less than two years for first offenses are usually suspended in Spain.

    The court maintained the 2 million euro ($2.24 million) fine handed to the Argentina player in last year's trial.

    Messi's father, Jorge Horacio Messi, also had been convicted of tax fraud, but the court reduced his sentence from 21 months to 15 months because he cooperated by returning the defrauded money to the tax authorities. He also is not expected to face prison time.

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