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Report: Bayern Munich’s Bouna Sarr could be in legal trouble

Sarr is reportedly under heat for allegations of tax evasion and he is due to appear in court.

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It has all gone from bad to worse for Bayern Munich defender Bouna Sarr. Just weeks after sustaining a season-ending cruciate ligament tear in his knee, the Senegalese international now appears to be in some sort of legal trouble.

As per information from Bild (via @iMiaSanMia), Sarr has been accused of tax evasion, which is a serious crime in Germany. As per a spokesman for the Landshut District Court, Sarr is due to appear in court on January 18th. The accusations lodged against the Bayern defender stem from routine a customs check from October 2022 when Sarr had some trouble getting through customs in a Munich airport. Apparently, there was an expensive watch in his possession, which had not been previously declared to customs.

As per customs laws in Germany, if any given item exceeds 430 euros, then it is required to pay an import sales tax on the product of 19% when you are entering the country from outside of the European Union. This was applicable for Sarr during that specific occasion, even it was just a mistake that he didn’t declare the luxury watch. It might not be the first thing on a footballer’s mind when travelling between countries, but the law is still the law.

Whether or not this legal matter will impact Sarr’s standing contract with Bayern remains unclear at this juncture, but it is still rubbing salt in the wound for the defender. He is already in a situation where he is running out the remaining time on his contract injured on the sidelines and likely will not feature for Bayern again. Now, he will also have this legal issue to attend to on the side of recovering from his cruciate ligament tear.

It is still very much in Bayern’s plans to offload Sarr this summer, as his tenure with the Rekordmeister never really worked out too well. His injury, now compounded by his off-pitch legal issue, add that much more impetus for both Thomas Tuchel and Christoph Freund to bring in defensive reinforcements during the winter transfer window.

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