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.”