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Bayern Munich's Champions League win over Arsenal this week marred by jailing of chairman

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for tax evasion, just days after watching his side reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

The former West Germany international handed himself in to the authorities earlier this month after confessing to evading 18.5million Euros in taxes by using secret Swiss bank accounts to hide his income.

However, prosecutors claimed the sum was in excess of 27m Euros and when confronted with the new figure Hoeness' legal team admitted: "The defence considers the figures accurate; we do not challenge them."

This contradicted his stance on Monday when he stated that he wanted to be open and had given forward all the evidence he was aware of.

He paid 10m Euros in back taxes in January 2013 to lessen his debt to the state. Players and staff at Bayern Munich continued to express their support for Hoeness throughout the trial.

Hoeness, a World Cup winner in 1974, helped turn Bayern into one of the world's most successful football teams, playing for and then managing the side who won a domestic and continental treble last season, and are currently on course to repeat that feat.

 

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