At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday night, the German champion faces questions about a government investigation of club president Uli Hoeness for suspected tax evasion.
The newsmagazine Focus - whose publisher is a member of Bayern's board - reported last weekend that Hoeness is under investigation.
Hoeness, who owns a sausage factory, told the magazine he reported himself to tax authorities about a private bank account in Switzerland, a move that could mitigate his situation.
''That's, above all, a private matter of the president,'' Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said after his team won 6-1 in Hannover on Saturday. ''My team does not get affected by anything.''
Bayern clinched the Bundesliga title with six games to spare on April 6, the earliest clinching in league history.
The club announced Jan. 16 that Heynckes will be replaced this summer by former Ba...