Lionel Messi ordered to appear in court on fraud charges

Madrid: FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on corruption charges after a judge in the Catalan town of Gava rejected the footballer's appeal against having to appear, it was confirmed yesterday.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Messi had alleged and had been backed up by the Spanish anti-corruption judge that he had not known the details of the economic activities of his father and representative, Jorge Horacio Messi, which are under investigation, reports Xinhua.

The judge had considered that the Argentine international had been “at the margin of the economic, contractual and tax management” carried out by his father, who is also accused of fraud as a result of allegations regarding his son’s image rights for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.



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