Lionel Messi, father given new date in court in tax fraud case
Argentina's Lionel Messi kicks the ball during a training session ahead of the team's 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Paraguay, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP / Natacha Pisarenko)
Published Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:00PM EDT
MADRID, Spain -- A Spanish court says Lionel Messi and his father have been given a new date to appear in a tax fraud case.
Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio, had been due in court on Sept. 17, a day before Barcelona's Champions League match against Ajax, but the court suspended that hearing.
In a ruling published Tuesday, the court now requires Messi to appear on Sept. 27 at 11 a.m., one hour after his father.
Messi's father made a payment of more than 5 million euros ($6.6 million) on Aug. 14 to cover alleged taxes outstanding plus interest.
The complaint, lodged by a state prosecutor, said Messi tried to conceal earnings and that he owed $5.3 million in back taxes.