The Spanish Supreme Court has rejected Lionel Messi’s appeal against his conviction for tax evasion.
The Argentine was sentenced to 21 months in jail last year for failing to pay €4.1 million in taxes on image rights in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was also given a €2m fine. His father, Jorge Messi, was handed the same prison sentence and a smaller fine of close to €1.7m.
Although Messi is unlikely to serve time behind bars because he has no prior convictions, he appealed what his lawyers called a “symbolic” conviction, taking the case to a higher court.
The appeal has been knocked back, but the Supreme Court has lowered his sentence to 15 months, while his fine now stands at €1.3m and Jorge’s has been cut to €1.3m, Goal.com
The tribunal ruled that the 29-year-old knew his obligations and knowingly defrauded the government, stating that “avoidable…
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