Ex-Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Approved for Early Release from Prison

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

FILE - In this May 11, 2015 file picture former FC Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness  pictured at  the training area in  Munich, Germany. Uli Hoeness has asked for early release from prison and could be a free man in March if his plea is accepted. Hoeness has been serving a 42-month prison term for tax evasion since mid-2014. He was convicted in March 2014 of avoiding taxes on at least 28.5 million euros ($31 million). Hoeness has been spending his sentence outside the prison, working in Bayern's youth department since the start of the year.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,file)
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Former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness is set to leave prison halfway through a 42-month sentence, as his early release has been approved.

The Associated Press (for the Daily Mail) reports the 64-year-old will be released on February 29, although he will be placed under probation for three years.

Hoeness was found guilty of tax evasion and started a three-and-a-half year sentence in 2014, although he has been involved in a work release program as well, which only required him to spend the night in a jail in Augsburg.  

A World Cup winner with West Germany in 1974, Uli Hoeness spent his entire playing career on the Bavarians' books, spending one season out on loan at Nurnberg. He joined the club's management immediately after his retirement and was part of the team that turned Bayern into a global powerhouse.

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He became president in 2009 and held the title until the day of his conviction in 2014, per BBC Sport. According to the Press Association (for ESPN FC), he "admitted to holding funds in a secret Swiss bank account—money he has since paid back to the German tax authorities."

Since 2015, he has been released from prison throughout the day to work within Bayern's structure, overseeing the youth development of the club. He's expected to become a full-time member of Bayern's board once again upon his release, and Susie Schaaf of Bayern Central even believes he'll resume the title of president:

Karl Hopfner succeeded Hoeness as president and still holds the title, but via Vavel Bundesliga's Marco Conradie, he has already confirmed he will not stand in Hoeness' way if he wants to return to his old position.