Football: Prosecutors willing to swop jail term for €255k fine in Lionel Messi tax fraud case - report

People taking photos of graffiti portraying Argentinian forward Lionel Messi on June 17, 2017 in Barcelona.
People taking photos of graffiti portraying Argentinian forward Lionel Messi on June 17, 2017 in Barcelona. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Spain's state prosecutor would accept substituting a fine of €255,000 (S$395,436) for the 21-month prison sentence handed down by a Barcelona court to football superstar Lionel Messi for tax fraud, Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Friday.

The 29-year-old Argentinian and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of €4.1 million on image rights and were also fined €2 million.

Spain's Supreme Court rejected in May an appeal by the Barcelona talisman and stood by the Catalan regional court's 21-month suspended prison sentence.

The state prosecutor was not immediately available to comment on Friday.