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Spanish court drops tax fraud probe into Lionel Messi friendlies

Published 14/12/2015

Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona, again, in his 500th game
Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona, again, in his 500th game

A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches.

A Barcelona court said on Monday it was satisfied neither the Argentinian footballer nor the Lionel Messi Foundation were involved in trying to defraud Spain's tax office in this instance.

Spain's Prosecutor had asked the court to investigate possible tax offences over games held between June 16 2012 and July 6 2013 in the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Peru.

A judge had taken testimony from businessman Guillermo Javier Marin, who organised the matches, Monday's statement said.

The statement said Mr Marin had presented the judge with a "coherent explanation" relating to wire transfers totalling 1.37 million US dollars (£905,402)

This is one of three cases of unpaid taxes that Messi has had to face.

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