After years of sounding off about the morality of modern football, the
President of Bayern Munich Uli Hoeness is to go on trial in March.
Investigators decided he had a case to answer for tax evasion following months of sifting through the former World Cup winner’s accounts after he reported an error voluntarily to the authorities, hoping to avoid severe punishment.
“First of all I want to say that we knew this was coming, whether I like it or not. I am surprised because we went to the authorities of our own accord and it had no effect. We’ll do everything possible to win our case with our arguments,” said Hoeness on the news.
Hoeness has been with the club for all his professional life as a player and general manager for 30 years and is very high profile as the public face of Bayern.
He was out and about for the Oktoberfest meeting fans and clinking glasses, but this trial will be no small beer. The state says he owes 12 million euros in unpaid taxes.