Barcelona has given its full support to Messi, after the Argentine was sentenced to prison for tax fraud offences.
The talented forward and his father were found guilty of three counts of fraud. The duo were sentenced to 21 months in jail, and a fine of €2 million.
Both men denied the allegations and may appeal the running. However, they need not serve the sentence.
And Barcelona say they will support any decision Messi and his family should decide to take in the wake of the ruling.
“FC Barcelona gives all its support to Leo Messi and his father with relation to the sentence for tax evasion handed out by the Provincial Court in Barcelona today,” a club statement read.
“The club, in agreement with the Government prosecution service, considers that the player, who has corrected his position with the Spanish Tax Office, is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts underlined in this case.
“FC Barcelona continues to be at the disposal of Leo Messi and his family to support him in whatever action he decides to take in defence of his honesty and his legal interests.”
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