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Lionel Messi misses opening of tax evasion trial in Barcelona

• Messi and his father accused of defrauding Spanish government of £3m
• Player unable to attend because of injury but he will appear on Thursday

The trial of Lionel Messi on charges of tax evasion opened in Barcelona on Tuesday, but injury prevented the Barcelona and Argentina forward from attending. However, he will be in court on Thursday to testify.

Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused by the Spanish tax office of defrauding the government of €4.1m (£3m) between 2007 and 2009. They could face jail terms of up to 22 months if found guilty.

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