Bayern Munchen president Uli Hoeness, one of the most influential figures in German and European football, has been charged with tax evasion following the conclusion of months of investigations into the high-profile case.
Hoeness, who is a Bayern legend for his feats both on and off the pitch, admitted in April that he had voluntarily alerted tax authorities in January to a Swiss bank account he held. The development had thrown his future at the reigning German and European champion into doubt. “A charge has been lifted against Ulrich H. for tax evasion,” Munich regional court spokeswoman Andrea Titz told Reuters Television on Tuesday. “The defendant has now four weeks’ time to respond to this charge which was handed personally to him today.”
Titz said the court would now decide whether to accept the charges and set a date for a trial. Hoeness has maintained the account was personal in nature, created for his stock market trading, and has no links to club affairs at Bayern. The club has previously turned down an offer of resignation from Hoeness and is not commenting on the case.
Hoeness’ glittering playing career included three European Cups with Bayern and World Cup and European Championship trophies with Germany. He served as general manager of Bayern for 30 years before being elected as the club’s president in 2009. Hoeness was re-elected for a second term in office last year.