Media stampede to snap up Hoeness tax trial spots
29 January 2014, 19:06
Berlin - Media places to cover Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness' tax evasion trial were filled within 27 seconds, Munich's higher regional court revealed Wednesday.
The 62-year-old Bayern boss is accused of hiding millions of euros from tax authorities in a Swiss account and is due to go on trial in the Bavarian capital on March 10.
The court's press department said all 49 allocated media spots were snapped up in less than half a minute when accreditation opened at 12:00pm on January 22.
In total, there were 454 media requests for accreditation at the high-profile trial.
Hoeness has vowed to fight to prove his innocence in court, having been arrested, then bailed in March 2012.
Speaking at a Bayern fan club meeting this month, he admitted making a mistake.
"I don't want to make myself into some sort of a saint, everyone knows that I made a big mistake, but I don't think that I have therefore become a bad person," he said.
Last week, Munich police confirmed they were unsuccessful in two investigations into emailed and posted threats against Hoeness in connection to the tax trial.