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Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been summoned to court in Spain as part of an investigation into tax fraud allegations.
A court in Gava, near Barcelona - where Messi plays his football - accepted a prosecutor's complaint that Messi and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of €4m (£3.4m) and the pair are scheduled to appear on September 17th.
Barcelona football star Lionel Messi said he was "surprised" by allegations from Spanish tax authorities that he owes them more than €4m (£3.4m).
In a statement released to Spanish news agency EFE he said:
"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 to clarify this situation."
Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and his father have been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more than €4m (£3.4m).
World Player of the Year Messi and his father Jorge allegedly filed fraudulent tax returns for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office for tax crimes in Catalonia.
The Argentinian forward is on an estimated €16m (£13.5m) annual salary at Barcelona.