UEFA has launched an investigation into Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his “alleged financial interest in a betting company.”
European soccer's governing body made the announcement on Monday in response to a report from Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Ibrahimovic owns a stake in Malta-based betting company Bethard in violation of FIFA regulations.
The alleged ownership stake would also violate UEFA regulations stating that players can't "promote, broker, arrange or conduct betting, gambling, lotteries or similar events or transactions connected with football matches and competitions."
"A UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector has today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the UEFA disciplinary regulations by Mr. Zlatan Ibrahimovic for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company," Monday's UEFA statement reads.
What potential penalties does Ibrahimovic face?
Ibrahimovic, 39, has owned a stake in the company since 2018, according to the report. He returned to Sweden's national team this year for World Cup qualifiers following a nearly five-year absence. According to Aftonbladet, Ibrahimovic could face a fine of up to 1 million Swedish Krona (approximately $120,000 USD) and a three-year suspension from international play for the alleged violation of FIFA rules.
After a stint with MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy from 2018-19, Ibrahimovic returned to play for AC Milan last year and recently signed an extension to remain with the club through 2022. The potential penalties for the alleged UEFA violation are not clear.
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