Fans asked for ‘one final push’

Bayern Munich have turned down their president Uli Hoeness’
offer to resign due to an ongoing investigation into his admission
of tax evasion.

The Bayern board held an emergency meeting at the Allianz Arena
to discuss the issue and Hoeness tendered his resignation.

“After intense discussion, the advisory board of FC Bayern
Munich AG decided unanimously that Uli Hoeness should continue in
his position of president,” said the club in a statement.

Hoeness recently made a self-denunciation to the German tax
authorities that he had not declared taxes on an account he held in
Switzerland.

He is currently being investigated on suspicion of tax evasion
and had offered to resign from his position while the investigation
took its course.

“Uli Hoeness expressed his regret at the incident and
apologised,” continued the club statement, stating that the
decision to turn down his offer to resign was made “in the
interests of FC Bayern, who need to concentrate fully on reaching
further sporting goals with the Champions League final on 25 May
and the German Cup final on 1 June.”

The Fife outfit – penalised 15 points by the Scottish Football
League after calling in administrators – dropped into the play-off
place with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Airdrie.

They now face Forfar in a two-legged semi-final, with the first
meeting on Saturday at East End Park.

Bryan Jackson, business restructuring partner with accountants
BDO, is now running the club after it was placed in administration
to protect itself from a winding-up order launched by Her Majesty’s
Revenue and Customs over an outstanding ?134,000 tax bill.

Dunfermline supporters have raised almost ?50,000 to help fight
their bid for survival and Jackson appealed for them to make “one
final push” by turning out for Saturday’s first leg encounter with
the Loons.

Jackson said: “The response from the fans, PARS United, the
club, and the wider community has been overwhelming over the last
few weeks.

“A special thank you must also be given to the volunteers who
have helped collect donations to the club. The fans have been
unbelievably generous in donating nearly ?50,000 and this money has
been essential to keep the club going by paying wages and to keep
DAFC financially afloat during April and May.

“The fact that the club is now facing play-offs to remain in the
First Division means that we need everyone to keep supporting the
team in the coming weeks. I cannot stress how important it is that
support is maintained during the forthcoming games.

“(Manager) Jim Jefferies and the players have shown their
commitment to the club on the pitch and the response of the fans
has matched this commitment off the pitch.

“We need to keep up this level of effort over the closing weeks
of the season to make sure that DAFC keeps its place in the first
division and has sufficient funds to continue to operate.”

Jackson confirmed ticket prices for the match against Forfar
would be reduced to ?10 and ?5 and said he expected a big
crowd.

He said: “One final push is needed over the next month to keep
this historic club going and, given the support the club has
already received over the last six weeks, I believe that the fans
will come out in their thousands to boost the crowds this weekend
and in the rest of the play-offs.”