Matias Messi refused to allow police to search his car and did not show them the vehicle's documents during a traffic stop on Saturday in Rosario city, the report said.

Officers finally searched the automobile and found a 22-caliber pistol for which Messi did not have a permit and took him to police precinct 16 in Rosario.

The brother of the Barcelona star spent four hours at the precinct before being released. Matias Messi was involved in a similar incident in October 2008, when he was arrested in Rosario for carrying a handgun in the waistband of his pants.


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