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Brother of soccer great Lionel Messi arrested after gun found on his blood-spattered speedboat

December 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Brother of soccer great Lionel Messi arrested after gun found on his blood-spattered speedboat

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The older brother of soccer megastar Lionel Messi has been taken into custody for illegally possessing a firearm after a gun was discovered on his blood-splattered speedboat.

Matias Messi, 35, was arrested in a hospital in Rosario, Argentina, where is recuperating from a fractured jaw and other injuries from what he said was a boating accident.

Matias said he fractured his jaw and nose after he crashed into a sandbank while operating a speedboat on the Panama River, The Sun reported.

However, authorities looking into the incident discovered an unregistered 380-caliber pistol on the boat he was driving, which had “numerous blood stains.”

The brother of soccer megastar Lionel Messi was arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm after a gun was found on his blood-splattered speedboat

Argentinian press outlets released photos of the blood-covered boat, which was left at a fishing club in the town of Fighiera, near Matias’ residence on a private estate in General Lagos.

Local reports said he could face up to six years behind bars if he is convicted.

However, this isn’t the first time Matias, who is five years older than his brother, has had issues with the law for illegally carrying guns.

The man, who has been associated with known criminals in the past, was held for 16 hours in prison in 2015 after officers recovered an unlicensed.22-caliber gun in his vehicle.

He was also taken into custody in 2008 for allegedly keeping a loaded gun in his belt.]

Police said blood was found all over the motorboat of Messi’s brother Matias 

Matias’ attorney, Ignacio Carbone, said that the Messi family is disputing the police story that a gun was located on his boat.

He stated: “I have been able to talk with relatives who have ruled out that he has a weapon. The family has denied the existence of any gun, and this information is false.”

However, the case’s prosecutor, Jose Luis Caterina, said in a news conference that officers found the gun and the discovery of the weapon was “transparent, clear and legitimate,” and it “was not planted.”

He also noted that “three security forces” had worked on the case and ascertained that the gun was “ready to be fired” with six bullets.

The investigation was launched on Thursday after a resident discovered Matias wounded and adrift on a boat on the Panama River.

Police in Argentina also found a loaded gun on the boat

He alleged that he had been operating the boat by himself when it had crashed after it hit into a sandbank.

The local wrapped him in a sleeping bag and took the boat to a nearby fishing club where Matias was taken to a hospital.

Carlos Lovesio, the hospital’s director, said he went under surgery for a fractured jaw and nose.

After the gun’s discovery, attorney Ignacio Carbone tried to postpone the issuing of a warrant claiming his client “cannot express himself well and has trouble speaking.”

Matias had met with his probation officer two months ago about the last time he was arrested and charged with carrying an unlicensed gun.

Lionel Messi (center) pictured with brother Matias (center) and father Jorge with FFFA’a Ballon d’Or awards, an annual award given to the best player in world football (Photo: Offsides Sports Photography)

In 2015, he had a violent dispute with officers after the discovery of an unlicensed gun in his vehicle.

Matias allegedly scuffled with officers after refusing to show them papers for his Aud or let them search the car during a routine stop.

Two cops were taken to hospital with injuries after the incident and Matias was detained for 16 hours.

He later blamed his brother for the quarrel, telling reporter Leonardo Faccio: “I was mad, you get a mad because you see him everywhere, Even today I’m not used to it.”

Matias was directed to teach soccer as part of a probation order and ordered to pay a penalty.

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