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Hoeneß May Be Guilty of Misleading, Hampering Board and Club

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As it became clear that Hoeneß was not forthcoming with all information regarding his evaded taxes to the public or legal system until during his trial this week, questions are starting to arise about his interactions with the FC Bayern Supervisory Board.

Lennart Preiss

It's impossible for most fans of the team to know what FC Bayern without Ulrich Hoeneß will be like; what must be near a majority of Bayern supporters weren't alive or old enough to follow the side before Hoeneß took to the touchlines and then to the leadership.

Objectively, by now, we all should have had a sample size to look from.

Since the initial arrest and stream of statements made by Mr. Hoeneß around the time of the Barcelona tie last season, we were all made to believe the amount he didn't pay in taxes was almost negligible relative to his personal fortune; an amount that could have reasonably been an accounting mistake or oversight.

Then, with the actual trial this week came the evidence that the amount of taxes actually evaded was almost eight times more; from €3.55 million to €28.4 million, with some alleging even more.

Mr. Hoeneß is no idiot, and judging by his own stories about having an addiction to trading stock, he was acutely aware of his finances.

The remaining question then, is did the other members of the Board know that the actual sum was much larger than what was being spoken about when Mr. Hoeneß offered his resignation last Spring?

If not, then there is no reason Mr. Hoeneß should return to a role in FC Bayern after his prison sentence. How incredibly reckless and irresponsible would that be, to delay preparations for a smooth transition in leadership by leading everyone on to think that there is a better than even chance you will not serve prison time.

With the amount of money sheltered now understood by everyone, no prison time was never legally on the table, and Mr. Hoeneß had to have known that. It's not as if he had a team of incapable lawyers.

Had the Board known that prison time (lengthy at that) was likely, or more realistically a near-certainty, wouldn't they have accepted the resignation last Spring, or at the latest hold new elections at the members' meeting in November with the new President to begin service on 1 January 2014?

It seems to me that a Board aware of the figures we know now would not have let the legal process play out before a decision was reached.

Moving forward, the man who has been so outspoken about many things, but even this very issue is now going to prison in shame.

"I am not a social parasite" he said, pointing towards his €5 million in charitable contributions, while hiding almost six times that number from the government.

Now, the only thing he is not for certain is President of FC Bayern München.