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Bayern Munich football boss goes on trial for tax evasion

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Bayern Munich football boss goes on trial for tax evasion

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The president of the German football club Bayern Munich has gone on trial over allegations of multi-million-euro tax evasion.

Uli Hoeness was charged last year after telling authorities about an undeclared Swiss bank account.

It is claimed the 62-year-old evaded taxes worth as much as 18.5 million euros.

The football icon faces prison if convicted, but many Bayern Munich fans are calling for clemency.

One man told reporters: “He did so many good things in the past. Of course he made a mistake, and for sure he needs to pay for that. But you have to take into account the good he’s done in the past.”

Hoeness has paid back the taxes and fines imposed for incomplete tax returns. But the court will decide if further action should be taken.

The trial in Munich is expected to last a week.