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Hoeness 'to be charged in tax case'

July 9, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness will be charged by Munich prosecutors after being investigated over tax evasion allegations, Bild has reported.

Uli Hoeness
AssociatedUli Hoeness has been at the centre of a media storm in Germany

In January, 61-year-old Bayern president Hoeness filed a voluntary disclosure which showed he had not paid tax on a Swiss bank account.

Reports at the time suggested German prosecutors would decide in July whether or not he should face charges. In May, Hoeness offered to resign, but his offer was turned down by Bayern.

The Munich economic and tax criminal chamber is to press charges against Hoeness within the next few weeks, Bild said.

If Hoeness is found guilty, he could face imprisonment. Under German law, tax evasion of over €1 million is punished by a prison sentence. "We are still investigating," a prosecution spokesman told the paper, refusing to comment further.

The Hoeness tax case has made front-page headlines in Germany, and a statement released on behalf of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, earlier this year said she was "disappointed".

Hoeness appeared at Pep Guardiola's first press conference as Bayern manager, but has since retreated from the spotlight. "Uli has withdrawn himself a bit. I think that is wise and right. I wish and hope this story ends on a positive note for him," Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted as saying.