At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play, the new German champion has been rocked by a huge distraction before its Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.
Reports over the weekend that the club's president, Uli Hoeness, is under investigation for suspected tax evasion have dominated German headlines, nearly overshadowing the highly anticipated match.
The newsmagazine Focus - whose publisher is a member of Bayern's board and who attends nearly every match - reported over the weekend that Hoeness is under investigation.
Hoeness, who owns a sausage factory, told the magazine he had reported himself to tax authorities about a private bank account in Switzerland, a move that could mitigate his situation. Few details have come out, but Hoeness' reputation seems to have been tarnished immediately.
The club has sought to play down the reports and officials insist the case has no impact on the team's run-up to Tuesday matc...