Messi prison sentence lifted in exchange for fine
Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty by a Catalan court last year of three counts of tax fraud to the tune of €4.1 million.
LONDON - A Spanish court said on Friday it has exchanged a 21-month prison sentence handed to Soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud last July for a quarter-of-a-million-euro fine.
The Barcelona player and his father were found guilty by a Catalan court last year of three counts of tax fraud to the tune of €4.1 million over income earned from image rights.
The father also had his 15-month sentence exchanged for a fine of €180,000, the court said.
Neither Messi or his father would have served time in jail following the original ruling as defendants without a previous conviction are permitted to serve any sentence of under two years on probation.