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Prosecutors say they won't appeal Hoeness sentence

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Photo - FILE - In this March 10, 2014 file picture, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness arrives at the regional court in Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to 3 years, 6 months in prison Thursday March 13, 2014. . The 62-year-old Hoeness, one of the most powerful figures in German soccer, was charged with dodging 3.5 million euros (US $4.85 million) in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account. When his trial opened Monday he admitted to avoiding 15 million euros more. Then it came out through an examination of documents he provided to investigators shortly before the trial that he owed 27.2 million euros in total.  (AP Photo/Sven Hoppe, Pool)
FILE - In this March 10, 2014 file picture, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness arrives at the regional court in Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to 3 years, 6 months in prison Thursday March 13, 2014. . The 62-year-old Hoeness, one of the most powerful figures in German soccer, was charged with dodging 3.5 million euros (US $4.85 million) in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account. When his trial opened Monday he admitted to avoiding 15 million euros more. Then it came out through an examination of documents he provided to investigators shortly before the trial that he owed 27.2 million euros in total. (AP Photo/Sven Hoppe, Pool)
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MUNICH (AP) — German prosecutors say they won't appeal against Uli Hoeness' 3½-year sentence for tax evasion, clearing the way for the former Bayern Munich president to start his prison term.

Hoeness, one of German football's most prominent figures, was convicted last Thursday of evading about 28.5 million euros ($39.6 million) in taxes via an undeclared Swiss bank account. He subsequently said he wouldn't appeal and resigned as Bayern president.

Prosecutors also are entitled to appeal in Germany and could have sought a tougher sentence. At the trial, they called for a 5½-year sentence; the legal maximum for tax evasion is 10 years.

However, Munich prosecutors said in a statement Monday they won't appeal, news agency dpa reported. Hoeness is likely to go to prison in a few weeks.

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