Hoeness resigns as Bayern Munich president

Friday 14 March 2014 15.23
Uli Hoeness stood trial over tax fraud of €27m
Uli Hoeness stood trial over tax fraud of €27m

The case hinged on the question of whether Hoeness, who as a player helped West Germany win the 1974 World Cup, co-operated fully with his voluntary disclosure.

His case shocked the nation and prompted thousands of tax dodgers to turn themselves in.

Hoeness was first charged with evading €3.5m in taxes. But when the trial began on Monday he stunned the court by admitting he had actually evaded five times that amount - or €18.5m.

That figure was raised further to €27.2m on the second day of the trial based on testimony by a tax inspector.

Hoeness's defence team acknowledged the higher figure.

Bayern Munich's earnings have soared under his stewardship, which has lasted 35 years in various posts.

With more than 220,000 members, it is one of the world's biggest soccer clubs.

The case hinged on the question of whether Hoeness, who as a player helped West Germany win the 1974 World Cup, cooperated fully with his voluntary disclosure.

His case shocked the nation and prompted thousands of tax dodgers to turn themselves in.

Hoeness was first charged with evading €3.5m in taxes. But when the trial began on Monday he stunned the court by admitting he had actually evaded five times that amount - or €18.5m.

That figure was raised further to €27.2m on the second day of the trial based on testimony by a tax inspector.

Hoeness's defence team acknowledged the higher figure.

Bayern Munich's earnings have soared under his stewardship, which has lasted 35 years in various posts.

With more than 220,000 members, it is one of the world's biggest football clubs.