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Barcelona star Lionel Messi cleared over tax fraud case

Prosecutors have dropped their tax fraud case against Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Spanish prosecutors have cleared Barcelona star Lionel Messi of wrongdoing in a tax fraud case, but have called for the arrest of his father.

The Argentine footballer had been expected to stand trial in relation to unpaid taxes totalling more than €4 million (£3m).

A Spanish judge recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

Prosecutors are still seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office in unpaid taxes from 2007 to 2009.

In the documents made public on Tuesday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (£1.5m) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.


IMF: World economy slowest growth since financial crisis

The International Monetary Fund says the world economy this year will grow at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis.

IMF: World economy slowest growth since financial crisis. Credit: PA

It is because a big economic slowdown in China and other emerging countries is counterbalancing strengthening recovery in richer nations, the FT (£) reports.

This year will be the fifth year running that average growth in emerging economies has declined, the IMF predicted in its twice-yearly world economic outlook.

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