Munich Court Sets Date for Bayern President Tax Trial

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness will go on trial next March on tax evasion charges.

News concerning the case against the former West Germany striker, who played for Bayern in 1970s before moving into the boardroom, emerged in April when he reported himself to the authorities over an undeclared Swiss bank account.

Prosecutors filed the charges in July; months after the news broke out, after a lengthy inquiry.

Munich’s state court said judges have decided to send him to trial with proceedings set to begin on March 10, 2014.

The 61-year-old is expected to carry on with his role at the Bavarian giants while the trial continues.

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoenness.
Bayern Munich President Uli Hoenness.

“The board is of the unanimous opinion that Uli Hoeness shall remain in his position even with a trial being set,” Bayern said in a statement.

Hoennes helped Bayern to three European Cup titles- between 1970 and 1979- in his over 200 appearances for the European and German Champions.

He was also a World Cup and European Championship winner with West Germany before hanging his boot following a serious knee injury.