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Munich president Uli Hoeness
has been granted day parole
seven months after going to
prison for tax evasion.
Bavaria s state justice ministry
says Hoeness is allowed to leave
prison during the day to work as
of yesterday, though he ll have to
return in the evening --- a com-
mon arrangement in Germany.
Bayern has said it hopes to give
Hoeness a job in its youth depart-
ment this month.
Hoeness was convicted in
March of evading taxes through
an undeclared bank account in
Switzerland, and sentenced to
three-and-a-half years in prison.
He started serving his sentence
in June. (AP)
Steven Gerrard is set to move to a
foreign club after disclosing on Fri-
day he will leave his boyhood team
after the season to seek a new foot-
ball experience away from the Eng-
lish Premier League.
The 34-year-old midfielder said
he "agonised" over whether to accept
Liverpool s offer of a new contract,
and made the announcement midway
through a season when he was no
longer guaranteed a place in the team.
With his contract expiring at the
end of the season, Gerrard has been
free to talk to foreign clubs since New
Year s Day, and he has no plans to
"I m going to carry on playing,"
Gerrard said. "Although I can t con-
firm at this stage where that will be,
I can say it will be somewhere that
means I won t be playing for a com-
peting club, and will not therefore
be lining up against Liverpool --- that
is something I could never contem-
"My decision is completely based
on my wish to experience something
different in my career and life, and
I also want to make sure that I have
no regrets when my playing career
is eventually over."
Major League Soccer would be an
obvious destination for Gerrard, who
rose through the academy to become
one of Liverpool s greatest ever play-
ers, and also captained England before
retiring from international duty after
the 2014 World Cup.
"This has been the toughest deci-
sion of my life, and one which both
me and my family have agonized over
for a good deal of time," Gerrard said
of his Liverpool departure. "I am
making the announcement now so
that the manager and the team are
not distracted by stories or specula-
tion about my future.
"Liverpool Football Club has been
such a huge part of all our lives for
so long, and saying goodbye is going
to be difficult, but I feel it s something
that s in the best
interests of all
ing my family
and the club
FA Cup and
but his Liverpool
career, into its 17th year, will end
without winning the Premier League.
After coming so close to winning the
trophy last season, Liverpool collapsed
in the closing stages of the title race
and the team is struggling at eighth
in this campaign.
Gerrard s drive, the determination,
and the goal-scoring heroics from
midfield have come to Liverpool s
rescue repeatedly since making his
debut in 1998.
"He is immense and the influence
he has on games should never be
understated," manager Brendan
"At times he has carried this club
on his back, and in my time here he
has always shown the ability that has
rightly seen him be regarded as one
of the world s best for well over a
probably incomparable to anyone I
have ever worked with. He takes pro-
fessionalism to a new level, and the
dedication he has to his work is an
example to everyone in the game."
Gerrard said he will be "fully com-
mitted" to Rodgers team until May
and plans to extend his association
with the club.
"It is my sincere hope and wish
that one day I can return to serve
Liverpool again, in whatever capacity
best helps the club," Gerrard said.
Liverpool s Boston-based owners
said Gerrard will "always be at the
summit" of the club s list of greats.
"Steven will always have a part to
play for this club, as and when the
time comes that he wishes to return,"
owner John Henry and chairman Tom
Werner said in a statement.
"I hope we all respect that Steven
and his family want to pursue
something new and different
for the final years of his play-
ing career." (AP)
Wenger at match
Captain Gerrard leaving
Liverpool at end of season
authorities have charged a foot-
ball supporter for confronting
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
during Thursday s 2-0 loss at
The incident happened at the
end of the match at St Mary s
Stadium. Luke Bryant, who lives
near Southampton, was arrested
and subsequently charged with
going illegally onto an area adja-
cent to the playing area. He will
appear at Southampton Magis-
trates Court on January 22.
The arrest came after a fan was
seen to run with his arms out-
stretched in front of Wenger as
he sat in the dugout late in the
game. Footage showed the man
being bundled away down the
tunnel by two stewards as Wenger
held his arm out in apparent frus-
tration at the intruder. (AP)
Cyprus FA chief says
NICOSIA---The president of
Cyprus Football Association
says the first division is likely
plagued by match-fixing.
said yesterday that evidence
provided by UEFA on 17 dif-
ferent matches suggested the
Koutsokoumnis said most
of the suspected matches
involved teams that faced rel-
egation in the last three years.
He spoke following match-
rigging allegations by top ref-
eree Marios Panayi that have
prompted a police probe.
Koutsokoumnis said he s
congratulated Panayi for
exposing the problem.
He said he backs setting up
an independent board of
inquiry to investigate the alle-
gations and possibly assist
Koutsokoumnis said the
Cyprus FA has done more to
thwart match-fixing than any
other European counterpart.
UEFA President Michel Platini, left, walks with Cyprus Football Association President Costakis
Koutsokoumnis during a UEFA summit in southern port city of Limassol, Cyprus. AP PHOTOS
Former Bayern president
Hoeness granted day parole
UEFA Super Cup---2001.
FA Cup---2001, 2006.
League Cup---2001, 2003, 2012.
Association Player of the year---
Association young player of the
UEFA club footballer of the year---
Member of the Order of the British
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard as he celebrates scoring against Leicester during
the English Premier League soccer match at King Power Stadium, in
Leicester, England. AP PHOTO
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