Germany Soccer Bayern Hoeness Trial
FILE - In this March 10, 2014 file picture, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness arrives at the regional court in Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich presid...
FILE - In this March 10, 2014 file picture, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness arrives at the regional court in Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to 3 years, 6 months in prison Thursday March 13, 2014. . The 62-year-old Hoeness, one of the most powerful figures in German soccer, was charged with dodging 3.5 million euros (US $4.85 million) in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account. When his trial opened Monday he admitted to avoiding 15 million euros more. Then it came out through an examination of documents he provided to investigators shortly before the trial that he owed 27.2 million euros in total. (AP Photo/Sven Hoppe, Pool)
MUNICH (AP) -- Uli Hoeness says he has decided not to appeal against his conviction for tax evasion and is stepping down immediately as president of European champion Bayern Munich.
Hoeness, one of the most prominent figures in German football, was convicted on Thursday of evading millions of euros (dollars) in tax through an undeclared bank account and sentenced to 3 ? years in prison.
Hoeness said in a brief statement posted on Bayern's website on Friday that he decided after talking with his family to accept the verdict and he instructed his lawyers not to appeal.
He says he's stepping down immediately as club president and as the chairman of its supervisory board.