Court announce trial dates for Messi, father

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO / AFP / JOSEP LAGO


In an indictment by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Horacio faces an 18-month prison sentence for evading 4.1 million euros in taxes.

Despite request that the case to be dropped against the footballer who was the subject of the initial complaint, given that it believes that he was unaware of the crimes, the five time World Footballer of the Year will end up standing trial after the State Legal Service decided to uphold the charges against him, and will seek the same 22-month prison term as for his father for three tax offences.

Speaking before the judge, Messi’s father accepted full responsibility for his son’s tax affairs, but the examining magistrate agreed to uphold the case against Messi – a decision which was subsequently ratified by the Barcelona High Court.

It turns out that the trial will take place three days after the Champions League final is played and three days before Argentina begin their preparations for the 2016 Centennial Copa América, which will be hosted at a number of venues in the United States.