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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Hoeness 'will not appeal sentence'

Published 17/03/2014 | 10:57

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Uli Hoeness will not be appealing his sentence

German prosecutors say they will not appeal against former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness' prison sentence for tax evasion.

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The decision clears the way for Hoeness, one of German football's most prominent figures, to start his jail term.

Hoeness was convicted of evading about 28.5 million euro (£23.8 million) in taxes via an undeclared Swiss bank account.

He said he would not appeal and resigned as Bayern president.

Prosecutors also are entitled to appeal in Germany and could have sought a tougher sentence. At the trial, they called for a five-and-a-half year sentence; the legal maximum for tax evasion is 10 years.

However, Munich prosecutors said in a statement they will not appeal. Hoeness is likely to go to prison in a few weeks.

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