Barcelona launch social media campaign in support of Lionel Messi

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The 29-year-old Messi was handed a suspended sentence of 21-months and fined €2million for three counts of fiscal fraud.

Messi has denied the allegations and his representatives have confirmed that they will be fighting the conviction in the Supreme Court.

Barcelona have shown the Argentine unwavering support throughout the trial and have now called upon fans to do the same. 

"Barcelona have set up a campaign in support of Leo Messi following the sentence issued this week against the Argentinian and his father," a club statement said.

"Using the hashtag #WeAreAllLeoMessi while posting a photo or message with both hands open, the campaign is encouraging all Barca fans to express their sympathy for the greatest footballer in the world by voicing their unconditional support on social networks.

"By making it clear that #WeAreAllMessi, we want Leo to know that he is not alone. All members, supporters clubs, fans, athletes, media and everyone else are invited to participate."

The campaign has so far not been the success the club may have hoped for with many criticising Messi and the Catalan giants.

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