Bundesliga referees respond to tax evasion query

The German Football Federation says none of the 49 referees it

interviewed following a widespread income tax investigation expect

to face legal proceedings.

DFB President Theo Zwanziger says it was ”a very positive

signal” that the referees ”acted so cooperatively” after being

asked to clarify their tax affairs following the launch of an

investigation by the public prosecutor’s office in Augsburg on Oct.

24.

Seven referees said they expect to have to make payments. All 41

referees of the Bundesliga and second division were included in the

DFB’s survey.

The dapd news agency said about 70 active and retired referees

who transferred money to foreign accounts are the subject of the

investigation.