Messi given 21 months for tax fraud, won't go to prison

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 06, 2016 07:49 PM
 Messi given 21 months for tax fraud, won't go to prison
In this Sunday, June 26, 2016 photo, Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts to losing 4-2 to Chile in penalty kicks during the Copa America Centenario championship soccer match, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Barcelona court has given Lionel Messi and his father suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud.

The court found both the Barcelona star and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of tax fraud.

In Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are suspended, meaning neither man will go to jail.

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