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Ronaldo, Real Madrid oust Bayern Munich but helped by decisive referee in UCL

For the third time in four seasons, there will be two Madrid teams in the semifinals of the Champions League after Real, with a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and the benefit of some dubious refereeing, edged by Bayern Munich in a dramatic game at the Bernabeu, while Atletico saw off Leicester City in England with a 1-1 draw.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Real Madrid oust Bayern Munich”

Real Madrid led 2-1 after the first leg of the quarterfinals, but Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead on the day from the penalty spot. Ronaldo headed an equalizer and restored the aggregate lead, before an own-goal from Sergio Ramos leveled it at 3-3 and brought Bayern even on away goals. Arturo Vidal was then extremely unfortunate to be sent off before Ronaldo, clearly offside, gave Madrid the lead in the 104th minute. Marcelo, who had a superb game, then teed up a third for Ronaldo, who was offside again, and Marco Asensio got a fourth to make it 4-2 on the day, 6-3 on aggregate.

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Bayern Munich to donate $1.11m to refugee crisis

German football club to also set up training camps for children as refugee crisis intensifies.

The Bayern Munich football club is to donate $1.11m to help refugees and will set up a training camp for those arriving in Munich, as the number of people arriving in the city continues to rise.

Thousands have crossed into Germany via Hungary and Austria with Munich’s train station one of the main points of entry.

The plight of those fleeing conflict in their countries such as Syria, as well as people from elsewhere escaping poverty, has polarised opinion in Europe.

“FC Bayern see it as its social responsibility to help those fleeing and suffering children, women and men, to support them and accompany them in Germany,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement.

Bayern’s youth academy will set up the training camp for kids, in conjunction with the city of Munich. Apart from regular training, it will also offer meals and German language classes.

The senior team will be accompanied by refugee children when they enter the pitch for their next home game against Augsburg on September 12 with the club also planning a friendly with $1.11m of revenue going towards helping refugees.

“FC Bayern is taking a stand and I am happy about the club’s involvement,” Munich mayor Dieter Reiter said.

“That is why I happily approved the city’s support.”

Germany expects to receive 800,000 asylum seekers this year, four times more than in 2014, Germany’s Labour and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles said on Thursday.

Banners with “Refugees welcome” or “Welcome to Germany” were visible in almost every Bundesliga match last week while many teams have also invited migrants to watch their games from the stands.

The German football association (DFB) on Wednesday issued a video message condemning any attacks on refugees or on their accommodation in Germany as well as any form of xenophobia.

A friendly game against a “Refugees United” team next week is also planned with DFB employees.

‘Germany, thank you!’

Many of the refugees arriving in Vienna’s railway station earlier this week immediately raced to board trains heading to Germany, as policemen looked on passively, preferring not to intervene, witnesses said.

Refugees cheered and chanted “Germany, thank you!” as they saw a welcome sign held up by local people at Munich Central Station.

Police said around 500 refugees, mainly from the Middle East, were on the train. They were to be transported by bus to camps where they will be registered.

Germany has taken in more asylum seekers than any other European Union country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for other EU nations to do more to help deal with this year’s influx of refugees.

Prosecution calls for five-and-a-half-year jail sentence in Hoeness tax trial

Uli Hoeness

The prosecution in the high-profile trial of Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has called for a prison sentence of five-and-a-half years for tax evasion. A verdict is expected on Thursday afternoon.

Summing up on Thursday, state prosecutor Achim von Engel called for a prison sentence of five-and-a-half years for Hoeness on seven counts of tax evasion.

Von Engel rejected Hoeness’ defense that his voluntary disclosure last year of tax dodging carried out over the past decade should exempt him from a criminal conviction and prison.

Defense lawyer Feigen, for his part, said that Hoeness should receive at the most a suspended sentence – and only if the court found a self-disclosure made by Hoeness to tax authorities in January last year invalid.

If the voluntary confession were to be adjudged valid, however, the case against Hoeness should be closed, Feigen said. He said Hoeness’ disclosure fulfilled all the requirements laid down by law, and contained merely an error in the way it was formulated.

The maximum term for major tax fraud under German law is 10 years, though sentences are usually shorter.

Hoeness had been charged with dodging 3.5 million euros in taxes, but on Monday admitted to avoiding 15 million euros more than that.

And then testimony given during the trial on Tuesday revealed that 62-year-old Hoeness in factwithheld 27.2 million euros ($37.91million) in tax.

Figures ‘accurate’

The revelation has cast doubt on the degree of Hoeness’ cooperation and transparency, increasing the likelihood of a jail sentence for the football legend.

On Wednesday, Hoeness’ defense lawyer Hanns Feigen confirmed the 27.2-million-euro figure, telling the court that “the defense considers the figures accurate; we do not challenge them.”

Feigen said the amended tax returns also covered the amount Hoeness owed from currency trades.

Confession too late?

Any sentence handed down by the court is likely to depend on whether his confession was made early enough, before an investigation began of his tax affairs – and whether the disclosure was comprehensive.

But with the piecemeal information coming forth during the trial this week, doubt has been cast over whether this was the case.

Hoeness admitted he didn’t come clean earlier, because he wanted to benefit from a tax deal Germany was negotiating with Switzerland, which would have granted amnesty to tax dodgers who confessed to authorities.

However, in December 2012 that deal was blocked by the German center-left opposition of the time, which wanted to see wealthy tax criminals prosecuted.

Hoeness, who also runs a successful sausage-making business, has helped turn Bayern into one of the world’s top teams.

Thousands of Germans have paid back taxes to avoid prosecution as news of Hoeness’ prosecution and trial hit the media. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition has also come under increased pressure to crack down on tax evaders.