Uli Hoeness, president of European and German champions, Bayern Munich, has gone on trial in a Munich court accused of tax evasion.
Prosecutors accused him of failing to remit more than 3.5m euros (£2.9m) in tax money. He could also be accused of wrongly declaring losses to the tune of 5.5 million euros.
According to Hoeness’ lawyer, Hanns Feigen, he had actually withheld an additional 15 million euros in taxes between 2003 and 2009, putting the total at 18.5 million euros.
“I evaded taxes,” Hoeness said. “I had hoped to escape criminal proceedings by turning myself in.”
“[Now] I want to clear the air,” he said, adding that he wanted to show he had improved where his tax filing practices were concerned.”
Hoeness, 62, has in January 2013 admitted of holding a secret bank account in Switzerland. He has said that he would have approached officials earlier, but had been waiting for a bilateral Swiss-German deal for people assets in Swiss banks to go into effect.
If found guilty, the former World Cup-winning German international footballer could face a jail term.
The trial began on Monday morning and a verdict is expected on Thursday.