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Lionel Messi given new court date in tax case

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Lionel Messi given new court date in tax case

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Argentina's Lionel Messi kicks the ball during a training session ahead of the team's 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Paraguay, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court says Lionel Messi and his father have a new date to appear in a tax fraud case.

Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio, had been due in court Sept. 17, a day before Barcelona's Champions League match against Ajax. But the court suspended that hearing.

In a ruling published Tuesday, the court now requires Messi to appear Sept. 27, an hour after his father.

Messi's father made a payment of more than $6.6 million on Aug. 14 to cover alleged outstanding taxes plus interest.

The complaint, lodged by a state prosecutor, said Messi tried to conceal earnings and that he owed $5.3 million in back taxes.

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