Barcelona give support to Messi after ‘Panama Papers’ allegations

Barcelona have responded to the ‘Panama Papers’ allegations and the reports by various media outlets linking Lionel Messi to the documents, indicating that they will continue give their full support to the Argentine.

The so-called ‘Panama Papers’ leak comprised of around 11 million confidential documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca anonymously passed to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, which then shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The documents were then released Sunday April 3, in a coordinated global publication that alleged widespread tax evasion networks throughout the world – with some of the allegations linked to football.

Messi’s family dismissed reports linking the documents to the Barcelona star and now the club, in a statement released on Monday, offered their support to the attacker.

“Since the very first moment that the ‘Panama papers’ which accuse Leo Messi were released, FC Barcelona has sent its affection and support to the player and to his whole family,” the statement read.

“The club makes all of its judicial means, fiscal and administrative, at the family’s disposal in order to make his actions and honour clear in this case.”

In their own statement released earlier on Monday, Messi’s family labelled the accusations “false and libellous”.

The missive denied any involvement by the Barcelona star, and revealed that the family were considering legal action against any media outlets that published the allegations.

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