Bayern Munich boss hit with tax evasion charge

Prosecutors charged Bayern Munich's powerful president Uli Hoeneß with tax evasion Tuesday, a court said, after a months-long high-profile probe that has rocked German sport and politics.

Bayern Munich boss hit with tax evasion charge
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The superior regional court in Munich said in a statement that it must now decide whether the case brought by the local prosecutor’s office will go to trial.

“Due to the volume of the investigation files as well as the fact that a defence request to delay answering to the charges for one month was granted, a decision of the court on starting a trial is not to be expected before the end of September 2013,” court spokeswoman Andrea Titz said in the statement.

She said the court would not provide further details on the proceedings before it takes its decision.

Hoeneß, 61, a giant of the European sports world, was arrested on March 20, then released on bail for €5 million , as part of an investigation into unpaid taxes on a Swiss account in his name.

The embattled executive apologised for the scandal in May and offered to temporarily stand down as Bayern president.

But the team’s board decided he should stay in office, saying it would continue to “monitor” the investigation into the former midfielder who won the 1974 World Cup with West Germany.

The revelations have sparked huge controversy in an election year as opponents of Chancellor Angela Merkel charge she has been weak on the issue of tax evasion by wealthy Germans.

Merkel herself has admitted she was “disappointed” in Hoeneß’ alleged conduct.

Bayern have had a remarkably successful streak, becoming the first German team last season to win the hat trick of European, league and cup titles.


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State accepts Hoeneß sentence

German football legend and former Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß is to go to jail for tax fraud after prosecutors said on Monday they would not appeal the verdict.

State accepts Hoeneß sentence
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Public prosecutors said in a statement that they did not plan to contest the three-and-a-half-year prison term handed down last week to Hoeneß, 62.

Hoeneß was sentenced on Thursday for cheating the state out of €28.5 million after a four-day trial that riveted football-obsessed Germany.

He admitted hiding his wealth in secret Swiss bank accounts while obsessively "gambling" on stock and currency markets for years before seeking to come clean in return for immunity from prosecution.

After the verdict was handed down, he walked out of the courtroom in the southern city of Munich pending an initially-planned appeal.

But a day later Hoeneß announced he would forego appealing the sentence, resigning from his posts as president and board chairman of the champion club where he spent four decades.

The prosecution, which had called for a longer jail term, had also been considering an appeal.

"The Munich II public prosecutor's office will, in the criminal proceedings against Ulrich Hoeneß over tax fraud, not file an appeal against the verdict," its statement said.

No date has been set yet for Hoeneß to begin his jail term, but it is expected to start in the next few weeks.

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