Uli Hoeneß was elected as the new Bayern Munich President on Friday evening. The term will run for three years through 2019. Hoeneß previously served as Bayern’s President from November 2009 - March 2014.
The move to bring Hoeneß back into the club in an official capacity will forever remain a controversial move. Hoeneß is a convicted felon for avoiding €28.5 million in taxes. It’s not the fact that the club found a position for him to continue his lifelong involvement with the club that bothers many people. It’s the fact that Bayern have allowed him to seek such a high profile position with the club.
Still, the election is completed and Hoeneß is back. “I promise I won’t disappoint you,” he said in an emotional yet short speech. Hoeneß received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance at the Audi Dome.
The decision to re-elect Hoeneß wasn’t unanimous, even though he carried 98.5% of the vote. Of the 7,152 club members in attendance, the voting broke down as follows:
Cheers for the president!#MiaSanMiapic.twitter.com/hvNScQUhJU— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) November 25, 2016