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Messi fraud appeal rejected

Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Friday moved closer to facing trial over alleged tax fraud after a Spanish court rejected his appeal against being named in the case and ordered the probe to go ahead. The Argentine forward and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were accused last year of not paying 4.16 million euros (US$5.26 million) in tax on earnings from the player’s image rights from 2007 to 2009 through the creation of a web of shell companies in Belize and Uruguay. Both Messi and his father, who is also the player’s manager, denied wrongdoing and pointed the finger instead at a former agent of the player when they were quizzed at a court in Gava, the Barcelona suburb where the player lives, in September last year. Based on the Messis’ testimony, public prosecutors called for the case to be shelved. However, the court in July ruled that there was “sufficient evidence” to believe Messi “could have known and consented” to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights and ordered the prosecution of the case to go ahead. Messi’s lawyers appealed, but on Friday, the court said it had “dismissed entirely” their petition and upheld its earlier ruling.

FOOTBALL

New conduct adviser hired

The NFL has hired Beth Richie as a senior adviser on domestic conduct. Richie is the director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy and a professor of African-American studies, criminology, sociology, gender and women’s studies, and criminal law and justice at Illinois-Chicago. She is considered a leading expert on issues of sexual assault. Richie joins five previously hired advisers.

SOCCER

CSKA punished for racism

UEFA on Friday ordered CSKA Moscow to play their next three European home games behind closed doors and slapped them with a fine of 200,000 euros (US$250,310) for the racist behavior of their supporters. The Russian champions were also banned from selling tickets to their supporters for their next Champions League away game, in Manchester, England, on Nov. 5. The punishments follow incidents at CSKA’s 5-1 Champions League Group E defeat to Roma in Italy on Sept. 17, when a number of arrests of their fans were made inside and outside the Stadio Olimpico.

FOOTBALL

Utah State upset BYU 35-20

Utah State’s backup quarterback Darell Garretson threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Aggies to a 35-20 upset of Brigham Young University (BYU) in college football in Provo, Utah, on Friday. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill broke his left leg late in the first half and is likely out for the season. Without him, the Cougars never recovered from a 28-14 halftime deficit. Garretson, who is filling in for the injured Chuckie Keeton, also ran for a score. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Hunter Sharp had five catches for 173 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies while Devonte Robinson added six catches for 98 yards and two Tds. Linebacker Nick Vigil, who played both offense and defense for the first time in his career, carried 16 times for 57 yards and one TD. Vigil also led Utah State with nine tackles. For BYU, Jamaal Williams rushed for 99 yards. Mitch Matthews had eight catches for 117 yards and one TD. Jordan Leslie caught four passes for 135 yards.

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