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Barcelona star Messi and father cleared of money laundering allegations

Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been cleared of money laundering allegations.

Marca reports investigators have dismissed reports surrounding the alleged involvement of Messi, his father (and agent) Jorge Messi and several other Barcelona players in the drug money laundering scandal being looked into by the Spanish Guardia Civil (Civil Guard).

According to sources close to the investigation, the enquiry is part of a Guardia Civil-led operation against drug trafficking and money laundering, in which a Colombian company that organises charity matches is implicated.

A number of Barça players took part in some of these fixtures on the so-called 'Messi and Friends' tour, which aimed to raise funds for disadvantaged children. However, there are no suggestions that any of them were involved in, or aware of, any wrongdoing.

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