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Champions League: Karl Lagerfeld vs. Uli Hoeneß

Friday, 24 May, 2013

The German fashion designer, artist and photographer Karl Lagerfeld is a man of many talents, and he doesn’t shun controversy. Unfashionably, he defends the use of fur in fashion. In a BBC interview in 2009 he claimed that hunters “make a living having learnt nothing else than hunting, killing those beasts who would kill us if they could.” He caused outrage last year, when he called the singer Adele “A little too fat”, and while praising Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for her “romantic beauty”, he angered fans of her sibling, Pippa Middleton, by saying: “I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back”.

His latest target is Uli Hoeneß, a former German footballer, and currently general manager and president of the Bayern Munich club, which will face Borussia Dortmund in tomorrow night’s Champions League Final in Wembley Stadium in London. On 16 January, Stern magazine reported that a “top representative” of the Bundesliga had hundreds of millions of euros on deposit in Vontobel, a private Swiss bank. Since then, Uli Hoeneß has been under investigation by the German tax authorities. The Bavarian and Swiss aspects of the Hoeneß footy affair are deftly captured in this satirical sketch by Karl Lagerfeld.

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