Uli Hoeness Wants to Come Back to Bayern after Prison Term
Uli Hoeness, the Bayern president and chairman, resigned on Friday after pleading guilty to tax evasion. He was sentenced by a Munich regional court to three and a half years in jail for evading more than €28.5 million in taxes.Despite his conviction and the bad publicity, the Bayern Munich team wants him to come back after his sentence. Hoeness confessed to his mistake and commented that he hopes he can come back and be a part of Bayern once again.
In 2013 when Hoeness came under the spotlight for tax evasion, a spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel made a statement that she was disappointed in him. Hoeness was a strong supporter of charities and initiatives to assist in the integration of immigrants that Chancellor Merkel backed.
Hoeness has been a part of Bayern since 1970 when he kicked off his career as a player for the club. In 2009, he became the president and was an integral part in the club’s successes over the last 5 years including winning the UEFA Champions League last season.
Hoeness will be replaced by Karl Hopfner as the club president and Herbert Hainer, the previous deputy chairman, will serve as the supervisory board chairman until further notice.