A 21-month imprison term passed on a year ago to Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has been affirmed by Spain’s Supreme Court, however he is probably not going to go to jail.
Messi and his dad Jorge, who deals with his accounts, were both indicted 2016 for cheating Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.6m) in taxes.
Jorge Messi’s prison term was decreased on the grounds that he paid a portion of the taxes.
In Spain, jail terms of under two years can be served under probation.
The case will now come back to the court in Barcelona that passed on the first judgment.
Lionel Messi, a five-time world footballer of the year, has denied any association and told his trial in June 2016: “I only worried about playing football.”
In any case, in its decision on Wednesday, the court stated: “It defies logic to concede that somebody who earns a large wage does not realize that he should pay taxes on it.”
Both men were initially indicted three counts of fraud, for utilizing expense asylums in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009, and were likewise given substantial fines.
They were found guilty of depending on invented organizations to dodge Spanish taxes on wage from organizations utilizing Lionel Messi’s image rights.
Jorge Messi’s prison term was decreased from 21 months to 15 by the Supreme Court to consider the cash he had since given to the tax authorities