Spainish Primera League side, FC Barcelona has quickly moved to show their support to Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Messi after a court in Barcelona found them guilty on three counts of tax fraud.
The Catalan club released a following statement declaring their support for both members of the Messi family and believe he has committed no wrongdoing.
“FC Barcelona gives all its support to Leo Messi and his father with relation to the sentence for tax evasion handed out by the Provincial Court in Barcelona today,” read the club’s statement.
“The club, in agreement with the government prosecution service, considers that the player, who has corrected his position with the Spanish Tax Office, is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts underlined in this case.
“FC Barcelona continues to be at the disposal of Leo Messi and his family to support him in whatever action he decides to take in defence of his honesty and his legal interests.”
As well as a 21-month prison sentence the court also ordered that the Argentine player pay a fine of around €2 million and his father pay €1.5m.