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Football: Hoeness attends first Bayern match since conviction

Published on Mar 30, 2014 12:03 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness made his first public appearance since being convicted of tax fraud, when he watched the European champions host Hoffenheim in the German league on Saturday.

"Uli is always very welcome here with us," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German daily Bild.

Hoeness was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by Munich's regional court a fortnight ago when he was found guilty of cheating the state out of 28.5 million euros (S$49.3 million) in unpaid taxes.

The 62-year-old resigned as Bayern's president and chairman of the club's supervisory board less than 24 hours after being convicted and Saturday's match was his first appearance in public as he waits to begin his sentence next month.

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