UEFA investigates Ibrahimovic over betting company ties

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UEFA have appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct an investigation into Zlatan Ibrahimovic for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported earlier this month that Ibrahimovic is a part-owner of betting company Bethard who he teamed up with in 2018.

FIFA’s Code of Ethics states a player cannot have interests in entities or companies that promote, broker, arrange or conduct betting, gambling, lotteries or similar events or transactions connected with football matches and competitions.

Ibrahimovic had quit international football after the 2016 European Championship, but returned to Sweden’s national team for their World Cup qualifiers last month and also played in UEFA’s Europa League for AC Milan this season.

If found guilty, Ibrahimovic would have to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($109,373) and would be banned from any football related activity for a maximum of three years.

Last week, Ibrahimovic signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at AC Milan beyond his 40th birthday.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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