Lionel Messi has seen charges of tax evasion against him dropped after the prosecutors in Catalunya concluded that he was not aware of the alleged manoeuvres to avoid fiscal obligations, given his age at the time of the infractions.
In his place, the prosecutors seek 18 months’ imprisonment for his father, Jorge Messi.
The Barcelona star had been accused of avoiding €4.1 million in tax obligations from 2007 to 2009, related to payments on image rights.
But Spanish authorities opted to get rid of the charges against him, marking his father as the sole person responsible for the alleged fraudulent acts.
“It is not plausible to think that his unawareness of events was intentional, or carried out seeking to defraud the public treasury,” the prosecutor’s ruling explained.
Furthermore, it was established that it was Jorge who looked after the player’s business interests and control of tax obligations.
Messi could however, be called upon to testify in the case against Jorge, who has acted as his son’s agent throughout his professional career.
Messi’s father, could face a fine of €2m if found guilty of the charges filed against him.
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