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German football legend fined over Dubai shopping spree

Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in trouble for not declaring nearly $10k of Dubai shopping

German football legend fined over Dubai shopping spree
Former German national goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. (Getty Images)

Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has been fined 125,000 euros for failing to declare more than 6,000 euros ($9,745) of luxury clothing he bought on a trip to Dubai.

The 41-year-old was fined for tax evasion by a regional court in Bavaria, after he failed to declare the clothes on his return to Munich airport from Dubai, German media reported.

The collection of polo shirts, t-shirts, sweaters, shirts, trousers, jackets and cuff-links were from top brands such as Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.

At customs in Munich airport, Kahn used the 'nothing to declare' aisle, but the tax owed on the imported goods was 2,119 euros, which resulted in the fine.

Kahn, who retired in 2008, captained both Bayern Munich and Germany during his career, winning 86 caps for his country and he made 557 appearances in the Bundesliga, as well as 103 in the Champions League.

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Jebel Ali Baba 8 years ago

This is exactly the moment when you need these receipts from Karama...

Diddley 8 years ago

the fine was 50 days salary of €2,500. The initial fine was €350,000 and took the old Bayern salary of €7,000 per day into account. Madness. Money grabbing Government at its worst and a fine completely out of context with the offense. It also shows that shopping in the UAE is ok when you live there or in countries where the import tax is not levied, but don't even think about it when you have to declare it in places such as the EU or the USA.

Revilo 8 years ago

It is anyhow silly that he bought all this stuff in Dubai as a lot of things are much more expensive here than in Germany.

Farid 8 years ago

He was probably at Outlet Mall ;)

MM 8 years ago

Clearly Revilo has not been anywhere outside Deira. Dubai is comparatively cheaper than Europe but yes not when compared to East Asia or North America. Fact.

Jake 8 years ago

MM, nonsense!

Seems you haven't been out much either. Everybody knows that you can easily save up to 30 %, despite taxation, on all kind of goods.

Probably because we actually have a competing market and not a regulated import by a handful of agencies.

Jimmy Blue 8 years ago

would love to hear what is cheaper in Dubai than in Germany or Europe? Also take into account availability of credit facilities in Europe that you get there rather than in Dubai?

john 8 years ago

Sorry ppl but, these days, Dubai is more expensive. As a result, I no longer shop for clothes in Dubai.