Spanish court drops new fraud case against Lionel Messi

Sat 17 July 2021 | 7:48

A fresh case brought in 2020 against Barcelona's Lionel Messi by a guy accusing him of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering was dropped by a Spanish court.

In 2019,

Federico Rettori

, an Argentine resident living in Spain who claims to have previously worked for Messi's charity foundation, submitted a similar case, which was similarly denied. He stated in it that monies received by the organization "should have been dedicated to humanitarian purposes," but instead went "towards different private activities or bank balances that deviated from those disclosed by the organization."

Rettori mentioned the Barça star, the foundation, his father Jorge, and brother Rodrigo in his 2020 lawsuit and included more papers to back up his accusations. 

However, Spain's National Court ruled that

"no criminal act on the part of the people targeted by the complaint could be proven"

after two years of investigation. 

Rettori was never really employed by Messi's charity, as per the court. 

Instead, he directed "El Buen Camino," or "The Right Path," which got 150,000 euros ($177,000) in 2014 and 2015 to combat child mortality in Sierra Leone, according to the court.

Due to an Ebola outbreak in the West African country, this project was canceled.


source: SportMob

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