Soccer-Messi and father accused of tax fraud in Spain (Reuters)

MADRID, June 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi and his father have been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more than four million euros ($5.3 million). World Player of the Year Messi and his father Jorge allegedly filed fraudulent tax returns for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office for tax crimes in Catalonia. ($1 = 0.7533 euros) (Reporting by Emma Pinedo, writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Clare Fallon)

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