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Barca Furious With Messi Charges

FC Barcelona have expressed their shock and anger at the tax fraud charge being levelled against Lionel Messi, following reports of a possible 22-month jail sentence for their star player.

Read: Reports: Messi Facing 22-Month Jail Sentence

The Argentine was recently cleared of the allegations, but the state attorney has now included the 28-year-old in the charge, which could reportedly see him being forced to spend 22 months in prison.

Barcelona issued an official statement in defence of Messi, signalling their intent on assisting their forward with any problems he may now face.  

"The club is shocked by the difference in opinion between the Prosecutor's Office, which on 25 September decided not to charge Messi on fiscal crimes, and the views expressed today by the State Attorney, which state exactly the opposite," the statement read.  

"FC Barcelona express solidarity and affection towards Lionel Messi and his family in such an unusual situation.

"The club will continue to give him all its help and support in legal, fiscal and administrative matters during the trial.

"Barcelona reject the accumulation of outside decisions, completely inadmissible and which started a long time ago, and which are unrelated to sporting matters.

"They damage the club's good standing, its stability, as well as that of the sportsmen which belong to it.

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"The club will continue to work firmer than ever to defend its rights and to be prepared for any new challenges that may arrive."

Being the superstar he is, do you think Messi will really end up in jail? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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