Former West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer has become one of the first people to register his interest in visiting Uli Hoeness in prison.
The former Bayern Munich president has begun serving a three years and six months jail sentence for tax evasion.
The 62-year-old, who won the 1974 World Cup under the captaincy of Beckenbauer, was found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of £22.5 million in March.
Hoeness is currently serving his sentence at Landsberg am Lech prison in Bavaria, after he failed to appeal against his conviction.
The former Bayern Munich forward was initially charged with evading €3.5 million (£2.9m) in taxes but he then admitted to dodging another €15 million.
Hoeness came clean about his secret bank account last year, filing an amended tax return in the hope of avoiding a sentence behind bars, in return for paying the tax he owed.
The Ulm-born forward, who scored five times in 32 appearances for West Germany during the 1970’s, said that his tax evasion “was the biggest mistake” of his life, and that he accepted the “the consequences of his mistakes.”
It is understood that Hoeness will only be staying in solitary confinement for the first three months of his sentence before being moved to an “open prison” where he will have the freedom of mingling with the outside world.
However, he will still be requested to spend the evenings in prison which has caused uproar throughout Germany, with critics believing that this does not constitute as a fair sentence.
One thing for certain is that Hoeness won’t spend the majority of his time in prison in loneliness with several former colleagues and friends who make up the world of football keen on paying the convicted conman a visit.
And one of the first big names to show his interest in visiting Hoeness is no other than Bayern Munich legend, Franz Beckenbauer, who hopes to be successful in his bid to spend some quality time with his former team-mate.
In an interview with Sky-Deutschland he said: “We have both agreed that I will visit him. There are only two, two-hour slots where he is able to have visitors, and that time has been reserved for family members. However, I have already applied.”
Beckenbauer who has been close friends with Hoeness for the past forty years has expressed his concern for the 62 year old and hopes that he will come out of prison in one piece.
He said: “I hope he survives it all, and comes out again without any defects. The situation is awful for him. He used to have his freedom and now he is limited to the confinement of a small cell.”
However, it is understood that Hoeness will only be expected to serve half of his sentence, with the 1972 European Championship winner having the opportunity to walk out as a free man in December 2015.
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