Lionel Messi to avoid jail despite 21-month sentence for tax fraud

Footballer Lionel Messi and his father have been sentenced to 21 months for tax fraud but will not have to go to prison.

A Spanish court sentenced Messi to 21 months in jail for tax fraud. Picture: AFP/Getty
A Spanish court sentenced Messi to 21 months in jail for tax fraud. Picture: AFP/Getty

Under Spanish law, sentences under two years are usually suspended and neither are likely to serve any time in prison.

The long-running case relates to a scheme to avoid paying £3.4m of tax on Lionel Messi’s image rights.

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