Barcelona soccer star Leo Messi to face trial over €4.1m tax fraud

Court turns down appeal, saying there is evidence to suggest player benefited from scheme.

By Jesus Garcia

Soccer star Leo Messi is to face trial for alleged tax fraud after a Barcelona court turned down an appeal made by his lawyers aimed at avoiding him having to sit in the dock.

The Barcelona Provincial High Court believes there is evidence that the Argentinean forward “benefited” from a network of companies that allowed him to defraud the Spanish Tax Agency of €4.1 million in income tax, regardless of whether or not he had knowledge of the structures in place.

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