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MADRID (AP) — Soccer star Lionel Messi and his father have received suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud in a Barcelona court.

The court found both the Barcelona star and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of defrauding the tax department of $4.6 million.

In Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are suspended, meaning neither man will go to jail.