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German authorities order Bayern chairman Rummenigge to pay 250,000 euro fine

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been forced to pay a nearly 250,000 euro ($335,000) fine to German authorities, according to a media report. The penalty stems from undeclared watches at airport customs.

According to the Bavarian state prosecutor, Karl-Heiz Rummenigge has accepted a fine of 140 "daily rates," a penalty based on the offender's personal daily income. The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported the amount to be 249,900 euros in total.

In German law a fine of more than 90 daily rates means that the offender gets a criminal record - which now applies to the Bayern chairman.

Rummenigge was stopped by customs officials in the Munich airport at the beginning of this year while traveling back from Qatar. He had claimed he had "nothing to declare," but was caught carrying two expensive "Rolex" watches. Rummenigge, who reportedly collects luxury watches, told authorities they were gifts from a friend.

Rummenigge's trouble with the tax authorities comes on the heels of Bayern president Uli Hoeness' own financial court proceedings. Earlier this month Munich's higher regional court agreed to hear a tax evasion case against Hoeness brought by public prosecutors. Proceedings are expected to begin in March.

dr/rg (dpa, SID, AFP)