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Lionel Messi and father accused of €4m tax fraud

Lionel Messi pictured during the 2013 Champions League final. Credit: Empics

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.


Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to have surgery tomorrow

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will have surgery on his parotid gland tomorrow before undergoing six weeks of chemotherapy, the club have confirmed.

He had an operation on a tumour in his saliva glands in November 2011.

Vilanova took over as Barca coach from Guardiola at the end of last season and presided over a seamless transition, guiding them to a nine-point lead at the top of La Liga after 16 games.

Reports in the Spanish press suggest Vilanova is likely to leave the Camp Nou.

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Celtic players jubilant following victory

Celtic players Tony Watt and Fraser Forster have spoken of their joy after their team beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

It'll take a couple of hours to sink in. I just saw (Victor) Valdes, I thought to put it to the side of him and it might go in. It's probably the best moment of my life, I'll look back at it when I'm older and think 'We've just beaten Barcelona in the Champions League' - there's nothing better.

– Tony Watt

It's tremendous, I don't think words can describe it. We put in so much effort at the Nou Camp and couldn't see it through, and tonight we've seen it through. We had a good look two weeks ago and we knew what we wanted to do. Everyone was tremendous, everyone played their part tonight. We defended really well and Tony came on and scored a great goal; his goals-to-games ratio is incredible.

– Fraser Forrest speaking to Sky Sports 2

Historic victory as Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1

Goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt have given Celtic a famous 2-1 home win against Barcelona.

Celtic's Victor Wanyama (right) and Joe Ledley in action with Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Lionel Messi scored a consolation goal for the Spanish side in injury time.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands dejected Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
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