Messi friendly investigation shelved

An investigation into alleged impropriety involving friendlies arranged by Lionel Messi’s foundation has been shelved by a Barcelona court.

AS reports there was a request from the tax office to look into games played in 2012 and 2013 to establish if there was anything illegal about them, but the judge found no evidence of wrongdoing.

A police report was produced and witnesses interviewed amid allegations they were financed through illegal means or illegal profits were gathered.

There was no evidence of any fraudulent activity by the foundation, the games having been arranged through an Argentine firm and with companies in the area in which the games were held.

A sum of around €1.2m was at the centre of the investigation but the judge concluded there was a clear and legal trail attached to the money.

Six games were played and organised by Messi’s foundation in 2012 and 2013, in Mexico, the United States, Colombia and Peru.

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