Disgraced ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says he just wants to be a club fan following his release from prison on Monday as he weighs up his future after serving half of his sentence for tax fraud.
The 64-year-old has served 21 months of his three-and-a-half year sentence after being convicted in March 2014 of having evaded paying at least 28.5 million euros ($31.5 million) in taxes.
He served his sentence in Landsberg prison, where Adolf Hitler wrote ‘Mein Kampf’, and has been on day release since January 2015, working in Bayern’s youth academy, under a parole system which meant he returned to jail every evening.
“It’s not over!” was Hoeness’s battle cry in May 2014, shortly after his conviction, and he is expected to take up a future role at the Bavarian giants.
His successor Karl Hopfner said last month that he will not stand in the way if Hoeness wants to be Bayern’s club president again.
But Hoeness, who has worked for the club as player, team manager and club president over the last four decades, has a new role in mind.
“I’m going to enjoy football, go to the stadium and be a fan again,” he told magazine Kicker.
Hoeness’s first public engagement will be at a ceremony to honour Jupp Heynckes, who coached Bayern to the 2013 treble, in his hometown of Moenchengladbach on March 13.
Three days later he will watch Bayern’s Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Juventus — the first leg in Turin finished 2-2.
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