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Prosecutors say they won't appeal Hoeness sentence

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MUNICH (AP) -- German prosecutors say they won't appeal against Uli Hoeness' 3 1/2-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 5 1/2-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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