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Penalty Messi because of tax evasion, remains intact after appeal,

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Penalty Messi because of tax evasion, remains intact after appeal,

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In appeal the prison sentence of 21 months for Lionel Messi maintained by a higher court in Spain. The star player of FC Barcelona does not disappear behind bars because of prison sentences less than two years in Spain only conditionally for persons without a criminal record.

The penalty of Messi’s father Jorge was in the appeal, however, reduced to fifteen months. In July last year, were both sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Messi has, according to justice between 2007 and 2009 to 4.1 million in income tax evaded in Spain. The footballer and his father claimed to be ignorant about the Spanish legislation.

Messi finished the season in second place in the Primera Division. Saturday is the club of goalkeeper Jasper Cilessen in the final of the Copa del Rey against Alaves.

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