Posted on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 12:23 PM

Spanish Prosecutors have agreed to quash Lionel Messi’s 21-month prison sentence.

According to report in the Spanish media, the prosecutors have agreed to swap the prison sentence for a fine of €255,000.

The original punishment was for crimes relating to tax evasion.

The prosecutors had alleged that the two used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.

The Barcelona legend was one of the high profile names revealed in a leaked document by Panama Papers last year.

The leaked documents accused Messi and his father of acquiring a dormat Mega Star Enterprises via a Uruguayan buffer company.

The Supreme Court had rejected his appeal but he has now cut a deal with authorities.

Messi had argued that he wasn’t aware of the tax arrangements set in place by his father and other advisors, but the state attorney, Mario Maza, compared the player to a mafia boss, who has deniability on the illegal dealings in his name.

 

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