Messi to cop fine over jail time

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BARCELONA: The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor in Spain is will­ing to re­place foot­ball star Lionel Messi’s 21- month prison sen­tence with a fine of 252 000 (R3.650 mil­lion), ju­di­cial sources said.

The Supreme Court in Spain up­held the sen­tence for Messi and re­duced the one for his fa­ther Jorge Ho­ra­cio to 15 months in jail last month. They were found guilty of three counts of tax eva­sion in July.

Sen­tences in Spain for first­time of­fences of a non-vi­o­lent na­ture are not served in cus­tody when they are un­der two years in du­ra­tion. – dpa

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Lionel Messi is guilty of tax eva­sion in Spain.

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