Bayern Munich's president sentenced to prison

Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern Munich, found guilty of serious tax evasion in Munich

Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern Munich, found guilty of serious tax evasion in Munich

BERLIN - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is sentenced to three-and a half years in prison for tax evasion amounting to 28.5 million euros.

A regional court in Munich found Hoeness guilty of seven counts of tax evasion for large profits made through market speculations via a secret Swiss bank account.

Hanns Feigen, Hoeness’ lawyer, told reporters that they are going to appeal the sentence at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Hoeness had reported himself to Germany’s tax authorities in January 2013 in the hope of benefiting from an amnesty, but the Judge, Rupert Heindl, ruled that Hoeness’s confession was short of full disclosure.

In 1974, Uli Hoeness played in West Germany's World Cup-winning team and after retiring as a player in 1979 he was appointed manager of Bayern Munich becoming President of the club in 2009.

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