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SBD Global/April 22, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Bayern Munich President Hoeneß Admits To Swiss Account, Could Face Tax Fraud Charges
Published April 22, 2013
QUESTIONING CREDIBILITY: INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Paul Nicholson reported Transparency International Senior Advisor SYLVIA SCHENK said that Hoeneß's credibility and reputation is now put into question. Schenk: "The credibility of Hoeneß is extremely shaken. It will certainly be very hard for him to get out there again. If he attacks [FIFA President SEPP] BLATTER and asks that he cleans up his mess at FIFA, but at the same time he is evading German taxes, it is like throwing rocks in a glass house." Hoeneß "has generally been quick to criticise football's governing bodies and their leaders." He famously cricitized Blatter, saying that "he is not able to run FIFA and that if he (Hoeneß) led Bayern the way Sepp Blatter has organised FIFA, Bayern would not exist any more." And just last week he criticized UEFA for failing to "forcefully" implement its new Financial Fair Play rules (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/21). BILD reported Hoeneß has together with his self-indictment "paid an installment of close to €6M ($7.8M) on his tax liabilty." German tax union Exec Chair Thomas Eigenthaler concluded from it that "Hoeneß has not declared at least €10M ($13M) of income." Sources do not rule out that "the actual amount could be distinctively higher" (BILD, 4/21).