Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. Zambia’s ambassador to South Africa , Emmanuel Mwamba, made a joke about it, parodying the The Post newspaper closer due to alleged tax evasion.
He posted the following on social media:
“As a Diplomat I wish to protest the jailing of Lionel Messi.
This is because the timing is wrong.
The league is just about to open and Barcelona has various cups to defend.
I think this is an action against the development of football and smacks of persecution.
The league provides good health to millions around the world and the the millions might fall seriously ill because of this injustice.
I am rallying my fellow Diplomats to copy n paste my protest against this injustice and sign as their copy and release simultaneously for maximum effect”