Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been accused of misuse of funds that were meant for charity foundation’s activities. This is the second time Barcelona player faces similar charges.
According to Argentinian newspaper, La Nacion, Lionel and Jorge Messi were accused of money laundering through the player’s charity foundation.
It is claimed that parts of the money sent to the organisation have been used inappropriately contradicting the foundation’s initial goals and motives.
The information about the misuse of funds has been received from a former employee of Messi’s charity organisation. Lionel Messi and his father will appear in court in Argentina with judge Gustavo Meirovich leading the case.
It is the second time Messi faces such accusations as in 2016 the same claims were made regarding the funds collected via the player’s involvement in friendly matches with ‘Messi and Friends’. The Argentine was acquitted after denying the allegations.