Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lionel Messi's brother facing arrest for possession of an illegal firearm

Callum Davis

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.

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