Bayern Munich president sentenced for tax evasion

A German court has sentenced Bayern Munich's president Uli Hoeness to three and half years in jail for tax evasion.

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Credit: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Prosecutors had argued that Hoeness's voluntary disclosure - that he had failed to pay taxes - was incomplete and thus did not meet a vital requirement needed for amnesty under German tax laws designed to encourage tax evaders to come clean.

Hoeness has admitted he evaded 27.2 million euros in taxes on income earned in secret Swiss bank accounts.

The 62-year-old football manager was hoping for leniency in one of the most closely watched tax evasion cases in German history.