Friday, 27 May 2016

Messi set for court appearance on June 2

Lionel Messi’s long-drawn tax fraud case with Spanish authorities continues June 2 as the Barcelona star tries to prove his innocence against the allegations, according to Goal.
Messi and his father, Jorge, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud worth €4.1million dating back to a period between 2007 and 2009 and Spanish agency EFE has now confirmed the Argentina international will take to the stand on June 2.
The world player of the year had been set to avoid a trial on the grounds that he was underage at the time as his father handled his tax obligations, however, the state attorney later opted to overrule the advice of prosecutors and ordered both to appear in the Eighth Court of Barcelona.
This is coming just days before the start of Copa America Centenarao in the United States where Argentina take on defending champions Chile in a blockbuster opener on June 6.
“I think we should have no problem with his presence at the Copa America Centenario,” Argentina boss Gerardo Martino told Continental Radio, confident his country’s talisman would be available.
“If he suspected that there might be a problem, we would’ve said.
The Albiceleste face Chile, Panama and Bolivia in the group phase of the tournament as they seek to and a 23-year international drought.

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