More problems for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar, who on Tuesday had been deemed innocent over the charges of tax fraud along with his father, has been once again called to appear on court after new evidence allegedly found him guilty of tax evasions eight years ago. Even a 22-month sentece has been requested by the prosecutor's office.
Here's a few more details on the issue, from ESPN FC:
Messi Jr, who is currently sidelined by injury and unlikely to play again until late November, is likely to be called as a witness when the trial eventually takes place.
Since the Messis both appeared in court in the Catalan town of Gava in September 2013, a number of different rulings have been made by judges in both Madrid and Barcelona, with the family's lawyers and state tax officials taking different various legal steps which have either stalled or advanced the proceedings at various intervals.
The high-profile case has been taken as Spain's tax authorities maintain that image rights payments made to the player have been channelled through offshore tax-havens, leading to the evasion of €4.1 million in taxes between 2007 and 2009. If found guilty, both Messis could be heavily fined and face prison sentences of up to 22 months.
This is a real mess, and so many things have happened since this whole story started a few years ago, that it's hard to wrap your head around. But the word "prison" there is a little worrying. Let's hope Leo is innocent and nothing serious happens.