Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Spanish media say.
Spanish court also sentenced Messi’s father to 21-month prison sentence, around 1.5 million euros for tax crimes.
But under Spanish law, they don’t have to serve the prison sentence.
A prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, meaning Messi and his father are unlikely to go to jail.
The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court, the statement said.
The court ordered Messi to pay a fine of around 2 million euros ($2.21 million) and his father to pay 1.5 million euros for the crimes.
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