FC Barcelona News: 13 June 2013; Lionel Messi Denies Tax Fraud Allegations, La Rojita Wins Group

Michael Steele

Lionel Messi stunned by tax fraud claims - Goal.com
He said:"We have learned through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities. "We are surprised about this news, because we have not committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all of our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants, who will take care of clarifying this situation."

Messi's lawyers ready for legal battle after tax evasion claims - Goal.com
Lionel Messi's legal and fiscal council Angel Juarez has stressed the Barcelona star has not been notified that a complaint has been filed over his alleged tax fraud, and added that the attacker's lawyers are ready for a potential legal battle with the Spanish tax authorities.

Unravelling Messi’s tax bill - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
However, it is highly unlikely Messi would face a custodial sentence, as the law states that if the amount is over €600,000 then the accused has a period of two months to plead guilty and reach a deal with the prosecution. Otherwise, if the time elapsed exceeds two years and one day, then the player and his father could go to prison despite having no criminal record – right now this seems improbable.

Surprise, surprise: Messi's taxes and Fernando Torres - ESPN FC
While I am obviously no expert on the matter, I find it extremely hard to believe that someone who earns a reported 31 million euros a year would knowingly decide to risk ruining his humble, immaculate image to save such a minuscule amount of money -- when compared to his overall worth, of course.

Seven Barça players looking to add Confederations Cup to their collection | FC Barcelona
In Brazil, seven players of FC Barcelona are aiming to add the only trophy they are missing to their impressive collection. Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Villa have won the lot with Barça and with the Spanish national team; the only trophy they are lacking is the Confederations Cup, which gets underway this weekend.

U21 Spain through to the semi-finals as group leaders (3-0) | FC Barcelona
The U21 Spain team defeated The Netherlands by 0-3 this afternoon in Israel, which gives the Iberians the top spot of their group. Spain will face off in the semi-finals against a Norway, on Saturday at 18.00. Morata, Isco and Álvaro Vázquez were the goal scorers in a match that saw only two Blaugrana feature for Spain, Thiago (starter) and Muniesa (sub). Both Spain and The Netherlands had already qualified for the next round.

Euro Under-21 Team of the Round: Thiago & Morata provide Clasico connection - Goal.com
Thiago has undoubtedly been one of the players of the tournament and he was again in fine form as Spain demolished the Netherlands. The Barcelona star, who has been playing in a deeper role, completed 90% of his passes and was involved in starting almost all of Spain's attacks.

International news: A goal for Alexis and more minutes for Messi | FC Barcelona
Another evening of international matches has produced some good results for the many Barça players involved. The happiest man of all will be Alexis Sánchez who helped Chile to another important win on the road to Brazil 2014 with a goal against Bolivia.

50 years since Pele’s last game in the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the last friendly between Santos, when Pele still played for the Brazilian side, and Barça at the Camp Nou. Against the odds, on June 12, 1963, Barça defeated the current world champions 2-0.

Busy Malaga sign duo, Schuster next - ESPN FC
A busy Tuesday on the Costa del Sol saw the club take up its option to sign left-back Antunes, 26, from Pacos de Ferreira and pay €500,000 to sign his countryman Ferreira, a 21 year-old centre-back from Academica de Coimbra. It also saw Husillos surprisingly leave La Rosaleda, reportedly after the incoming Schuster was chosen by the club’s Qatari owners against his advice.

Granada steal Malaga’s Iturra - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Malaga were seen as likely to renew Iturra’s contract beyond its expiry this summer, but have seen Granada today announce that they have agreed a deal with the Chilean. The 28-year-old arrived at La Rosaleda last summer on a free transfer and impressed both domestically and in Europe for the Anchovies.

Joaquin set for Fiorentina switch - ESPN FC
The 31-year-old is on the verge of penning a contract with the Viola, who will play Europa League football next season. No financial details of the transfer have been released, although local press are reporting that the Serie A side will pay a €1.5 million fee for the player.

Sevilla agree two City friendlies | Football Espana
Navas saw his move to the Premier League side for a believed initial fee of €18m confirmed on Tuesday evening. Sevilla have released a statement quoting the club’s technical secretary to explain their pride in the sale and the extra incentive of two games against the English club.

Getafe confirm Lago capture - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Lago, who yesterday bid farewell to Celta after 18 years at the club through its youth system and into the first team, was reported by Getafe’s President Angel Torres in early May as having agreed to a switch. The free transfer has been confirmed today via a brief statement released by the Madrid side.

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