Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to be scrutinized by UEFA for “an alleged financial interest in a betting company”. The Sweden and Milan striker reportedly owns a 10% stake in Bethard, a Malta-based gambling website, through his company Unknown AB and UEFA is to investigate Ibrahimovic.
UEFA Disciplinary Regulations state players should not have a financial interest in betting. On Monday, UEFA announced an investigation against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s alleged involvement in a betting company.
A UEFA statement read as it is to investigate Ibrahimovic: ” In accordance with Article 31(4) of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations (DR), a UEFA ethics and discipline inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation into possible violations of Uefa’s disciplinary rules by Mr. Zlatan Ibrahimovic for an alleged financial interest in a betting company. Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course.”
Last week he signed a new contract that would last 40 years later. Ibrahimovic joined Milan for the second time in December 2019.
The former Manchester United striker has scored 17 goals in 25 matches in all competitions this season. Ibrahimovic came out of international retirement to play for Sweden earlier this year after a five-year absence.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic was fined 4,000 euros (£ 3,500) for his role in an ugly collision with Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during a Coppa Italia match in January. The pair were involved in a number of exchanges and Ibrahimovic, who refused to use racist language, was eventually sent away.
Like Ibrahimovic, Lukaku has been accused by the Italian Football Federation of “disrespectful conduct with provocative phrases”. Belgium was fined 3,000 euros (2,600 lb).