Messi handed sus­pended jail sen­tence for tax of­fences

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Barcelona sparked a so­cial me­dia storm by urg­ing fans to sup­port Lionel Messi af­ter he and his fa­ther were handed 21-month jail sen­tences for tax eva­sion to the tune of 4.1mil­lion, be­tween 2007 and 2009.

Barcelona and Ar­gentina’s World Player of the Year will not see the in­side of a prison cell even if he should fail with any ap­peal. Un­der the Span­ish sys­tem, prison terms of less than two years can be sus­pended and served on pro­ba­tion. The pair must also agree a payback deal over the use of

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