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Messi’s tax hearing put back (Reuters)

Barcelona's Lionel Messi speaks during a news conference ahead of the team's friendly soccer match against Malaysia XI on Saturday, in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father will appear in court to answer charges of tax evasion on September 27 after a hearing scheduled for next week was postponed, a court statement said on Tuesday. The World Player of the Year and his father Jorge Messi, who both denied wrongdoing, allegedly hid more than four million euros ($5.3 million) by filing incomplete returns for the years 2006 to 2009. They have already made a “corrective payment” to Spanish authorities of just over five million euros. …


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