Report: Messi friendlies under investigation

Two friendlies involving Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are under investigation by the public prosecution office in Madrid for allegations of tax fraud.

AS cites a report from El Mundo that says the 2012 game played in Lima, Peru and the 2013 fixture in Chicago in the United States are being looked into.

The games were played under the auspices of Messi’s charitable foundation, which AS says is managed by his father.

AS adds the public prosecutor has asked for all documents to be sent to Barcelona, as that is Messi’s location for tax affairs.

It’s alleged that income from the games wasn’t declared, which would constitute tax fraud.

AS notes that the games in question were previously alleged to have been used by a drugs gang to launder money.

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