The prosecution in the Uli Hoeneß tax evasion case will not appeal the three and a half year jail sentence handed to the former Bayern München President last Thursday, reports on Monday confirm.
"In criminal procedure against Ulrich Hoeneß because of tax evasion, the Munich II court will not lodge an appeal against the verdict of the regional court Munich II from 13.03.2014."
With the court confirming the verdict, it will summon Hoeneß to Landsberg prison in six weeks; the court will need four weeks to work out written grounds before commencing enforcement, according to a spokesperson, after which Hoeneß has two weeks to start his imprisonment. [tz-online]
Hoeneß confirmed he would not appeal his sentence in conjunction with his resignation from his post at Bayern. The prosecution was allegedly going to submit an appeal, seeking a incarceration increase to five and a half years.
Several members of the club came to the support of Hoeneß since his jail sentence. Pep Guardiola, for one, hopes he still is with Bayern when Hoeneß's imprisonment is over.
"I've only been here nine months, but I've seen enough to realise that Uli is extremely important here," Guardiola told Sky [ESPN FC]. "He's made a mistake and he has admitted to it. I hope I can still be here when he comes back."
FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge played four seasons with Hoeneß in Munich, as well as one year on the German national team. Hoeneß's resignation ended a 23-year front office partnership between the two.
"I wish him all the best," he said. "Of course we are all very sad because we are partners who have shaped Bayern Munich together over many years. Uli Hoeness was a man who formed Bayern extremely positively over decades. Uli certainly has a great deal of the merit for the club being in the position they are in now.
"We've now got to try to ensure that the club remains stable. It's not going to be simple because you can't just replace a man like Uli."
In a meeting on Friday, the FC Bayern advisory board nominated Karl Hopfner to replace Hoeneß as the president of the club. The senior vice president might have other plans, according to kicker, but he will accept his appointment if confirmed.
"I did not picture this," he told kicker on Monday. "I am really doing this only for FC Bayern because I owe so much to the club. Here in this not easy situation one can't say no."
The club will hold an extraordinary general meeting on May 2 in order for members to elect Hopfner as the president, along with Rudolf Schels and Dr. Dieter Maier as senior vice presidents.