Bayern Munich deals with tax case ahead of Barcelona semi

The club has sought to play down the reports and officials insist the case has no impact on the team's run-up to Tuesday match.

updated: April 22, 2013 18:08 IST
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Munich: At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play, the new German champions have been rocked by a huge distraction before their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.

Reports over the weekend that the club's president, Uli Hoeness, is under investigation for suspected tax evasion have dominated German headlines, nearly overshadowing the highly anticipated match.

The newsmagazine Focus - whose publisher is a member of Bayern's board and who attends nearly every match - reported over the weekend that Hoeness is under investigation.

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