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SBD Global/June 21, 2013/Finance
Messi, Father To Appear In Court Over Tax Fraud Allegations, Faces 6-10 Years In Prison
Published June 21, 2013
HOLDING COURT: The BBC reported the "income related to his image rights included contracts with Banco Sabadell, Danone, adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Proctor and Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company." Spain's news agency EFE said that "if he is convicted, Messi could face up to six years in prison and a big fine" (BBC, 6/20). The AP reported court officials said that Messi and his father "will have to appear in person for the session that will be closed to the public." The timing of the court appearance "could coincide with Barcelona's opening game in the Champions League," set to be played on either Sept. 17 or 18. Messi "has denied wrongdoing." He "has received public backing" from Barcelona club President Sandro Rosell and former President Joan Laporta, "who was in charge during the years of the alleged fraud" (AP, 6/20).