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Lionel Messi's 21-month prison sentence in tax fraud case is upheld, but he is not expected to serve any jail time

The Supreme Court in Spain has upheld a 21-month prison sentence for Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his father in the appeal of their tax fraud case. Neither are expected to serve any jail time.

According to a Reuters report, sentences under two years in length in Spain can be served as probation.

Messi and his father were also fined €2 million (US$2.2 million) each.

Messi and his father were charged with using tax havens in Uruguay and Belize and shell companies in the United Kingdom and Switzerland to avoid paying taxes. It is believed that the pair avoided paying €4.1 million (US$4.6 million) in taxes.

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Lionel Messi meets famous young fan from Afghanistan
TOPSHOT - (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 14, 2016 in Paris shows then five-year-old Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi posing with his plastic bag jersey in Jaghori district of Ghazni province in a photograph provided by the boy's family and taken on January 24, 2016 (L), and FC Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi talking to Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Murtaza Ahmadi, the Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral, finally got to meet his superstar idol on December 13, 2016. Murtaza Ahmadi met the Barcelona forward in Doha, where the Spanish league champions played a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli later. Six-year-old Murtaza, from the rural Ghazni province southwest of Kabul, walked out onto the pitch as a mascot hand-in-hand with the Argentinian at the start of the match at Doha's Al-Gharrafa stadium. / AFP / STR AND Karim JAAFAR (Photo credit should read STR,KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi holds the hands of Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi (L) as the tema enters the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (L) holds the hands of Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Football Soccer - Barcelona v Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli - International Friendly Match - Doha, Qatar - 13/12/16 Lionel Messi (L) and Barcelona's team pose for photographs with six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi before the match. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
Football Soccer - Barcelona v Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli - International Friendly Match - Doha, Qatar - 13/12/16 Barcelona's Lionel Messi holds the hand of six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi before the match. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (L) talks to Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar stand next to Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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