Messi to ap­peal 21-month jail sen­tence

Fiji Sun - - 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship -

Madrid: Barcelona star Lionel Messi will ap­peal and vowed to clear his name after a court in Spain on Wed­nes­day sen­tenced him and his fa­ther to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, the player’s lawyers said.

The prison sen­tences are likely to be sus­pended as it is com­mon in Spain for first of­fences for non-vi­o­lent crimes car­ry­ing a sen­tence of less than two years. The Ar­gen­tine’s lawyers feel an ap­peal would even­tu­ally suc­ceed in per­suad­ing the court that Messi and his fa­ther have be­haved cor­rectly, the player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives told AFP in a state­ment.

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