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STATEMENT. Messi family denies 'Panama Papers' accusations

The player's lawyers are considering filing legal action against the media that published this information

STATEMENT. Messi family denies 'Panama Papers' accusations
STATEMENT. Messi family denies 'Panama Papers' accusations

The player's lawyers are considering filing legal action against the media that published this information

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After the publication of papers of Panama, a tax evasion scandal that has splashed personalities from around the world, including Leo Messi, Barça player's family has issued a statement denying that they have designed any tax evasion plot through the Panamanian society.

The statement says that all the tax consequences related to the old accounts related to the Panamanian society were already reported to the Tax Office in Spain.

The player's lawyers are considering filing legal action against the media that published this information.

Read Messi family statement:

"Given news issued by various media in which Lionel Messi is attributed to create a corporate to launch a new framework of tax fraud," the Messi family wishes to make it clear that Lionel Messi has not done any of the acts alleged against him, being false and slanderous those accusations of having designed a new frame of tax evasion and even creating a network of money laundering.

Panamanian society referred to such information is a totally inactive company, which never had funds or open current accounts and derived from the old corporate structure designed by old Messi's tax advisers, whose tax consequences for Lionel Messi were regularized at the time [...] before the Spanish Tax Office.

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In short, the facts of information are based on mere conjecture and are based on partial and biased documentation, which are reported by claiming the name and reputation Messi player. This is especially serious when it comes to impute crimes as serious as tax fraud and money laundering, bringing irreparable harm to Lionel Messi.

Under the above, the Messi family has instructed his current lawyers of the firm Cuatrecasas to analyze the possible filing of legal actions against media that have spread this pieces of news."