Bernie Ecclestone 'steps down from F1 board'

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will stand trial on bribery charges in Munich, according to a statement from a German court. He will step down from the F1 board of directors, but will continue to run the sport, according to reports.

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F1 boss Ecclestone to face bribery charges in Germany

Ecclestone, 83, is accused of making bribes when he sold part of the motor racing sport Credit: PA

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will stand trial on bribery charges in Munich, according to a statement from a German court.

"Under current planning, the main trial should start in late April," the Munich court said in a statement on Thursday.

Ecclestone, 82, was charged in July with bribing a German banker to smooth the sale of a stake in the motor racing business to private equity firm CVC eight years ago. Ecclestone has denied wrongdoing and said he will fight to clear his name.

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