Ex-Bayern Munich chief Hoeness, who was released yesterday, served his sentence in Landsberg prison, where Hitler wrote Mein Kampf
Berlin: Disgraced ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was released from prison yesterday after serving 21 months for tax evasion, a regional official said.
The 64-year-old served half of his three-and-a-half year sentence after being convicted in March 2014 of having evaded at least 28.5 million euros ($31.5 million) in taxes.
His release in the middle of the night was confirmed by Bavaria’s justice ministry, which gave no further details. Hoeness, the son of a German butcher, rose to fame as the driving force behind Bayern’s rise and became a millionaire businessman, before his fall from grace.
A persistent knee injury forced the 1974 World Cup winner to retire at just 27 and he became the club’s youngest-ever manager.
When Franz Beckenbauer stood down as Bayern president in 2009, Hoeness succeeded him after a 30-year apprenticeship.
But behind the scenes, he was obsessively gambling millions on stocks and currencies via his Swiss bank accounts.
He served his sentence in Landsberg prison, where Adolf Hitler wrote ‘Mein Kampf’. He was granted day release in January 2015, and immediately started working in the club’s youth academy. “It’s not over!” was Hoeness’ battle cry to FC Bayern in May 2014, shortly before starting his sentence.
He has said he will announce his future plans on July 1. The date coincides with the start of Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as Bayern’s coach to replace Pep Guardiola.
His first public engagement is expected to be at a ceremony to honour Jupp Heynckes, who coached Bayern to the 2013 treble, in Moenchengladbach on March 13.