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Jailed ex-Bayern boss Hoeness seeks early release

03 November 2015, 20:39

Berlin - Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has applied for early release from prison having served 18 months of his sentence for tax fraud, his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday.

"Yes, that's right," Hoeness' lawyer Michael Nesselhau told German agency DPA following an initial report in the Bild newspaper.

Also read: German authorities raid soccer federation over FIFA payment

Hoeness, 63, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison in March 2014 for cheating German tax authorities of approximately 28.5 million euros ($31.3 million) in unpaid tax.

If his application for early release is approved, Hoeness could be out of jail by the middle of March 2016.

He has served his sentence in Landsberg prison, where Adolf Hitler wrote 'Mein Kampf', and has been on day release since the start of the year under a parole system which means he must return to jail every evening.

He has been working with one of Bayern's youth teams and according to German media his application will be helped by the fact he has secured employment with the reigning Bundesliga champions.



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