Bayern boss on trial for tax evasion

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iol spt mar10 Hoeness Reuters File photo: Uli Hoeness, the president of European football champions Bayern Munich, has confessed to having evaded a total of 18.5 million euros in taxes - more than five times the amount he has been charged with. Photo by: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Berlin – Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness goes on trial Monday over a tax evasion case that could land the German footballing legend in prison.

Bavarian prosecutors filed charges against Hoeness last year after he reported himself to authorities for having a previously undeclared Swiss bank account.

Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, citing the still-secret indictment, reported last month that prosecutors believe Hoeness dodged paying up to 3.5 million euros ($4.9 million) in tax.

The Munich court will have to decide whether the 62-year-old's amended tax return entitles him to be let off with a fine and possibly a suspended sentence.

Otherwise the Bayern boss, who was part of Germany's 1974 World Cup-winning squad, could face up to 10 years in jail.

A verdict is expected by the end of the week. – Sapa-AP


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