Here’s why Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are unlikely to go to jail

Given that he’s committed an offence for the first time and it is under two years, he won’t be imprisoned unless he breaks the law again.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2016 2:04 pm
Barcelona's Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi sits in court with his father Jorge Horacio Messi during their trial for tax fraud in Barcelona The state attorney asked for 22 months and 15 days in jail for Lionel Messi and his father. (Source: File)

Woes for Lionel Messi just won’t end it seems. After an unceremonious loss in the Copa America final and the emotional farewell post that, the Barcelona player has now been sentenced to 21 months in prison on tax evasion charges.

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But the player or his father Jorge Horacio Messi is unlikely to serve time because as per Spanish law, because the punishment is under two years, it does not imply imprisonment. On its part, the state attorney asked for 22 months and 15 days in jail for both while the prosecution sought a year and a half only for Jorge.

READ: Lionel Messi, father Jorge sentenced to 21 months in jail for three counts of tax fraud

Given that he’s committed an offence for the first time and it is under two years, he won’t be imprisoned unless he breaks the law again.

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