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Bayern president Hoeness jailed

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By Andrew Tuft

Thursday 13 March 2014

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for tax evasion, the BBC has reported.

Uli Hoeness

Hoeness admitted defrauding the German tax authorities with the original total put at €3.5m (£2.9m). It later emerged that the full amount Hoeness owed was €27.2m (£22.7m). The BBC adds Hoeness kept money in a Swiss bank account and his lawyer argued that because Hoeness gave himself up, he should escape punishment.

The judges in the case however found that Hoeness hadn’t fully disclosed the full amount in his Swiss bank account while prosecutors claimed Hoeness only came forward because they had started to investigate his affairs. Hoeness was found guilty of seven serious counts of tax evasion.

Hoeness offered to resign his post at Bayern last year when the case was first brought but his fellow board members rejected the idea and, the BBC adds, he retained the support of the club’s fans.

The 62-year-old was a striker in a playing career that was mostly spent at Bayern, with a brief loan spell at Nurnberg. He also appeared for West Germany and was part of the side that won the European Championships in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.

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