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Messi faces financial red card in tax evasion trial

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Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is to face trial in Spain for alleged tax evasion.

Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding the authorities between 2007 and 2009 of more than four million euros.

The income in question is related to Messi’s image rights which were reportedly sold through companies in Belize and Uruguay – therefore avoiding paying Spanish tax.

The four-time Fifa World Player of the Year and his father – who made backdated payments to the tune of five million euros in August 2013 -both deny any wrong doing and have five days to appeal.