Lionel Messi's brother facing arrest for possession of an illegal firearm
Published 05/10/2015 | 14:28
The brother of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi faces charges for the illegal possession of a firearm after a clash with police in Argentina.
Matias Messi, 33, was reportedly involved in a skirmish with police after being stopped as a part of a routine traffic check in the early hours of Sunday morning in his hometown of Rosario.
Upon searching the vehicle, police found Messi's brother to be in possession of a pistol for which he did not have the proper permission to carry.
Mr Messi is alleged to have engaged in a brief scuffle with police - sustaining a cut above his eyebrow - before being taken into police custody.
This is the second time Matias Messi has been found to be illegally possession a firearm, after he was arrested in 2008.
The 33-year-old allegedly survived an assassination attempt on his life when a gunman on a motorcycle shot at his house in Rosario.
Lionel Messi is himself currently embroiled in a legal battle in Spain where he faces allegations - along with his father Jorge - of tax evasion to the tune of €4m.
Messi is facing a six-week spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Las Palmas.
Reports this morning suggest the Argentine is targeting El Clasico fixture on November 22 as his comeback game.