Barcelona star Lionel Messi will not have to stand trial for tax fraud but his father will. Jorge Messi has taken full responsibility and could face up to 18-months in prison for evading more than €4 million in taxes between 2007 and 2009. Prosecutors believe that Messi, who has been fighting charges for two years, had no knowledge of his financial affairs and therefore never intended to defraud the tax office.
Messi still plans to appear as a witness, but his name has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
The father and son pair were initially accused of avoiding to report earnings in Spain by selling image rights to companies in Uruguay, Belize, Switzerland and the UK.
A state attorney will work with the prosecutor’s office to make a final decision on whether or not the ruling will stand.