Lionel Messi to stand trial for three counts of tax fraud

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud.

Court documents made public on Thursday say a judge has rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player from wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, with tax fraud.

Prosecutors had said Messi was not aware of his father's unlawful activities, but the state attorney's office contended that the Argentina forward knew enough to also be named in the case.

Messi and his father are accused of defrauding Spain's tax office of four million euro (£2.9 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.