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Monday, 9 September 2013

Messi escapes prison by paying £4.2M

Lionel Messi. Photo: Getty Images

Football star Messi has escaped possible jail term by paying £4.2m to Spanish authorities after he was accused in June of filing false tax returns.

Messi and his father paid the hefty sum as ‘corrective payment’.

He’s scheduled to appear at a hearing on September 17 but his lawyer has asked for the date to pushed because his client has an engagement on that day can’t be shaped.

With this payment it is unlikely that Messi will face jail time – the World Footballer of the Year was facing 6 years behind bars before his payment.

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