Germany soccer boss Uli Hoeness was sentenced to three and a half years behind bars for tax evasion on Thursday (13Mar14).

The former World Cup-winning German international player and president of soccer giants Bayern Munich admitted avoiding paying taxes on money earned in a secret Swiss bank account.

Hoeness, 62, who helped the West German soccer team to victory in the 1974 World Cup, shocked the country when he admitted his wrongdoing in January, 2013 as part of an amnesty under German tax laws, which are designed to encourage cheats to come forward.

However, prosecutors argued the sports legend failed to disclose the full extent of his tax avoidance, which amounted to around $37.9 million (£23.7 million), and he was handed a jail sentence on Thursday.