Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Messi offers to pay $558000 to avoid 21-month jail sentence

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The judge in charge of the case will now make a decision bearing in mind the prosecutor's recommendations.

This is the claim of Mundo Deportivo journalist Xavier Bosch, who has penned a lengthy piece on the "four days that saved Messi" past year.

State prosecutor Isabel Lopez Riera told The Associated Press the fine-for-time deal was presented by Messi's lawyers to the judge who will rule on whether to suspend Messi's sentence - as is widely expected.

Barcelona great Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) on image rights.

Messi is just one of a number of footballers to have been accused of defrauding the Spanish government in recent years.

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The five times world player of the year is Barcelona's all-time top scorer and their highest-paid player.

Messi lost his appeal against the 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud in May but his father's sentence was reduced to 15 months.

The prosecutor, in a judicial document sent to the Spanish court, agreed to substitute the prison sentence for a fine, so long as the maximum fine was applied, 400 euro per day, totalling 255,000 euros each.

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