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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staring at a possible three-year ban from FIFA for his alleged role in a sports betting company.
UEFA has now launched a full investigation into the matter after Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet Bild claimed the AC Milan striker was a part-owner of Maltese-based gambling website Bethard.
"In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, 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," UEFA said in a statement.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is at risk of being banned by FIFA for up to three years for his alleged involvement in a betting company.
According to @AftonbladetBild, Zlatan is the co-owner of Malta-based Bethard and he could incur a 3-year-ban as well as a ban of close to €1 million.
- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) April 26, 2021
"Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course."
The 39-year-old is yet to comment.
The FIFA code of ethics strictly prohibits professional players from getting involved in any form of betting.
"They (the players) are forbidden from participating in, either directly or indirectly, betting, gambling, lotteries or similar events or transactions related to football matches or competitions and/or any related football activities," the rules read.
"They shall not have any interests, either directly or indirectly (through or in conjunction with third parties), in entities, companies, organisations, etc. that promote, broker, arrange or conduct betting, gambling, lotteries or similar events or transactions connected with football matches and competitions.
"'Interests' include gaining any possible advantage for the persons bound by the Code themselves and/or related parties."
The Swede has 17 goals in all competitions this season and was recently recalled to the national team for the World Cup qualifiers after retiring from international duty five years ago.
If Zlatan is found guilty of the charges and slapped with a three-year ban from FIFA, it would effectively end his football career.
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