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Bayern boss Hoeness vows to prove innocence in tax trial

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness vowed on Monday to prove his innocence when he goes on trial next March, accused of hiding millions of euros from tax authorities in a Swiss account. Munich's higher regional court said in a statement Monday that it had agreed to hear the case brought by public prosecutors in July and that proceedings would start on March 10. No details of the allegations can be released, due to special secrecy requirements in tax trials, before the charges are read in the public hearing.

Football: Bayern's injured Robben sits out Pilsen trip

Dutch winger Arjen Robben sat out Bayern Munich's flight to Viktoria Pilsen for Tuesday's Champions League clash as he continues to recover from a groin strain. The 29-year-old also missed Bayern's 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim on Saturday and missed Monday's trip to the Czech Republic to begin his rehabilitation programme. Providing CSKA Moscow fail to win at Manchester City the same night, Bayern can confirm their place in the knock-out stages if they beat Czech champions Pilsen on Tuesday, having already trounced Viktoria 5-0 in Munich a fortnight ago.

Bayern Munich boss Hoeness to stand trial for tax evasion

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness will stand trial for tax evasion in March, a German court said on Monday, but his club wants him to stay on in his current role. The charges of the prosecutor's office were admitted for trial which is set to start on March 10. Hoeness, the face of Bayern Munich for many years, stunned Germany in April by saying he had voluntarily alerted tax authorities in January to a Swiss bank account he held, throwing the former West Germany international's future into doubt.

Bayern boss Hoeness to face trial on tax charges

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness will face trial from March on charges he hid millions of euros from tax authorities in a Swiss bank account, a court said Monday. The superior regional court in Munich said in a statement that it had agreed to hear the case brought by public prosecutors in July and that proceedings would start on March 10. dlc/cc

Bayern boss Hoeness to face trial on tax charges

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness will face trial from March on charges he hid more than a hundred million euros from tax authorities in a Swiss bank account, a court said Monday. The superior regional court in Munich said in a statement that it had agreed to hear the case brought by public prosecutors in July and that proceedings would start on March 4. dlc/cc

Football: Bayern eye last-16 berth against Pilsen

Holders Bayern Munich can clinch a spot in the Champions League knockout phase on Tuesday when they face Czech champions Viktoria Pilsen whom they swept 5-0 at home two weeks ago. The Bundesliga leaders sit at the top of Group D with nine points from three games, leading Manchester City by three points and CSKA Moscow by six, with Pilsen stuck at the bottom with no points. If Bayern win at Pilsen, and CSKA do not win at Manchester, the reigning champions will make it to the last-16 for the sixth time in a row.

Football: Bayern bank on Ribery to face Pilsen

Bayern Munich expect to have European footballer of the year Franck Ribery fit for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Viktoria Pilsen, but Brazil's Dante is out. France winger Ribery missed Saturday's 4-1 win over Mainz after suffering an ankle injury in training on Friday, but should be fit to face Pilsen at Munich's Allianz Arena. "The foot is a bit hurt, but it's not too bad," said Ribery, who missed the home win which kept Bayern top of the Bundesliga. "I had wanted to play, but the doctor said that would be too much of a risk.

Football: Hamburg rout Nuremberg to power out of bottom three

Hamburg powered out of the Bundesliga's bottom three with a stunning 5-0 win at Nuremberg on Sunday to give Bert Van Marwijk his first victory as their coach. Germany Under-21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga needed just eight second half minutes to claim his first Bundesliga hat-trick in a devastating spell as Hamburg scored four goals in just 14 minutes. "It's great to get the hat-trick, but it's more important that things went so well for the team," said Lasogga, who claimed the fastest away hat-trick in Bundesliga history.

Football: Hamburg fire Fink after Dortmund drubbing

Coach Thorsten Fink was fired by Hamburg on Tuesday just three days after his side were hammered 6-2 by Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. "After the recent developments, we concluded that it was inevitable," said director of sport Oliver Kreuzer at a press conference. Fink's defence was cut to ribbons on Saturday at Dortmund as the Champions League finalists scored four goals in 16 second-half minutes in a horror show for the Hamburg board.

Football: In-form Hanover bouyant for trip to Bayern

Hanover 96 head to European champions Bayern Munich in buoyant mood following their best start to a Bundesliga season with coach Mirko Slomka anticipating an upset on Saturday. "It's a good opportunity for a surprise," said Slomka, with his side having won three of their opening four league games and third in the table behind Bayern in second. "Basically, every opponent finds it hard at the Allianz Arena -- whether it's Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Augsburg or Hanover.
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