Messi's father arrives at court for tax hearing
Jorge Horacio Messi, father of Barcelona football star Lionel Messi, arrives at the courthouse in the coastal town of Gava near Barcelona on September 27, 2013 to face judges on tax evasion charges.
Jorge Messi arrived with his lawyers at the court in Gavà, the Barcelona suburb where the player lives, shortly before 10:00 am (0800 GMT), with the Argentine striker expected to turn up an hour later.
Messi senior was wearing a dark jacket and sunglasses and made no comment to the waiting crowd of reporters.
The two were summoned to go before a judge on charges of evading tax on the player's image rights to the tune of 4.16 million euros ($5 million, £3.5 million).
They have denied wrongdoing and Jorge Messi paid the tax authorities five million euros in August -- the 4.16 million euros claimed by the taxman plus interest -- which is likely to significantly reduce any sentence should they be found guilty.
Lionel Messi, 26, is widely considered the best footballer in the world and has been named FIFA World Player of the Year four times.