FC Bayern München, the current Champions League title holders and Bundesliga champions, could soon see its president in prison for as long as three-and-a-half-years. Uli Hoeness, 62, admitted defrauding German tax authorities out of millions of euros (the funds were stashed in a Swiss bank account).
The former German striker made a confession, hoping for a more lenient punishment. But it was incomplete. He first admitted to concealing 3.5 million euros. Then to hiding 15 million euros. Then the total swelled to 27.2 million euros. He was facing as much as a five-and-a-half year term from prosecutors, so even his incomplete confession seems to have earned him some mercy. His defense plans to appeal the current sentence. He will not serve any time until the final verdict is handed out.
The club and its fans, who showed up en masse outside of the court building in Munich, Germany, to support the man who built FC Bayern München into the most powerful football club in the world, will continue to back him at all costs. The club’s board has a “unanimous opinion” that Hoeness should remain as president despite his legal troubles.
Which don’t, however, seem likely to play any role in FC Bayern München’s continual dominance, as they attempt to win both the Bundesliga and Champions League for consecutive years. They’re too good of a club to be severely impacted by this, but it will certainly weigh on their minds over the ensuing years as Hoeness sits behind bars.