Official: Barcelona announcement after Spanish Supreme Court decision

Barcelona has expressed their support for Lionel Messi following the decision of the Supreme Court of Spain to dismiss his appeal against a sentence of 21 months on probation for tax fraud.

Although the court rejected Messi’s appeal, Barcelona in their statement supported the player and his family.

“The club repeats, once again, that we fully support Messi, his father Jorge Messi and his family,” Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives said.

“Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has contacted the player’s family to express their support,” he said.

Vives has made it clear that the club will countinue to support Messi.

“The club will continue to stay near Leo Messi, his father, and his family,” he added.