Messi's trial for tax fraud set for three days after Champions League final

The Barcelona player and his father are accused of defrauding Spain's tax office of 4.1 million euros and have now been handed a May date for their trial.

Lionel Messi’s trial for tax fraud will start just three days after the Champions League final, a Catalan court decided on Wednesday. 

The final of European football’s showpiece even will be on May 28 in Milan, with Messi and his father, Jorge, then cited to appear in court between May 31 and June 3.

They are accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of 4.1 million euros ($4.5 million) between 2007 and 2009. 

Jorge Messi is at the center of the alleged unlawful activities - and he could face a possible prison sentence of 18 months - but authorities claimed the Barca star knew enough to also be named in the case.

As well as coming jut three days after the Champions League final, the trial begins just days before the centenary edition of the Copa America. 

Messi is expected to feature for Argentina in the tournament, which takes place in the United States, although he will not take part in the Olympics later in the summer. 

News of Messi’s trial comes just one week after Neymar was orderer to appear in court regarding the transfer which took him from Santos to Barcelona. 

The Brazilian’s presence has been requested on Feb. 2 to give evidence regarding the fraud and corruption charges relating to the 2013 move.