Spain's Civil Guard examines allegations of money laundering in charity football matches

Plus: Australian senate recommends abolishing the regulator and US council members tell Walmart to stop donating to local charities

Charity news from around the world
Charity news from around the world

- The Barcelona and Argentina football star Lionel Messi might be busy trying to help his team win the World Cup – or at least he was at the time of writing – but he might also be concerned at reports that the Civil Guard in Spain is looking into money laundering allegations surrounding a series of charity football matches he played in. The Civil Guard's UCO organised crime unit is reportedly examining five bank transfers totalling about £800,000 connected with charity matches that took place in six countries, including the US, Mexico and Peru, to raise funds for Unicef and Messi's own foundation. The star will be hoping the allegations are swiftly kicked into touch.

- In Australia, the closure of the fledgling Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission has come a step closer, even though the move is opposed by the majority of people who responded to a consultation about it. A senate committee recommended the abolition of the regulator, which was set up as recently as December 2012 under the former Labor government. Eighty per cent of respondents to the consultation said they were against shutting it down, but the committee said that many charities found its regulations too onerous.

- Over in the US, members of New York City Council have sent letters to the retail giant Walmart telling it to stop – yes, stop – donating millions of dollars to local groups. Council members said they believed the move was a "cynical ploy" to gain the influence needed to open a store in the city and told Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation – set up by Walmart founders Sam and Helen Walton – to stop spending its "toxic money" there. The rotters.

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