Rosell: Messi is innocent

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell insists he is convinced of Lionel Messi's innocence following reports the Spanish tax authorities are investigating allegations he and his father defrauded the state of four million euros (£3.4million).

Last Updated: 13/06/13 at 18:47 Post Comment

Sandro Rosell: Does not doubt Messi's innocence

Sandro Rosell: Does not doubt Messi's innocence

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Messi released a statement on Wednesday denying any wrongdoing after allegations the four-time reigning World Player of the Year and his father, Jorge Horacio, were suspected of filing fraudulent tax returns between 2007 and 2009.

Rosell told a press conference on Thursday afternoon: "Messi's family is calm. They have all of our support. I do not doubt their innocence."

The 25-year-old Argentinian, currently on international duty in South America, revealed he was "surprised" by the news on Wednesday.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, he wrote: "We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities.

"We are surprised about the news, because we have never committed any infringement.

"We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants, who will take care of clarifying this situation."

Messi arrived at the Nou Camp as a 13-year-old in 2000, made his first-team debut three years later and has gone on to establish himself as one of football's best-ever players.

He has won six Primera Division titles, three UEFA Champions League crowns and two FIFA Club World Cups with the Catalan giants, and in 2012 netted a record 86 goals for club and country.

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