Spanish daily newspaper, ABC, has been instructed by the courts to pay a fine of 7,142 euros to the Leo Messi Foundation, as a result of publishing false information about the Argentine’s charity.
The publication detailed a new scandal which suggested Messi was involved in further tax fraud, however that was proven to be false information and libellous.
“The information published is not true, but the sentence can be appealed,” the court stated.
“The headlines and words have been used to try and make the reader believe there has been a possible tax crime committed by the foundation.”
Barcelona, on the other hand, have decided against taking legal action against the same newspaper after an unsavoury incident occurred on Tuesday with writer, Salvador Sostres, said: “Ansu Fati in full flight has something of a gazelle about him, of a very young, black street seller that you suddenly see running along [Paseo de Gracia] when someone shouting ‘water, water’ [to warn other street sellers] announced that the local police have arrived.”