Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘is facing a three-year ban which could END his career due to investment in Malta-based betting company’, according to a report in Sweden, as it’s alleged country’s FA had to stop him playing at the 2018 World Cup…
Zlatan #Ibrahimovic risks being fined or even banned by #FIFA and #UEFA as it emerges his joint-stock company owns 10% of a betting agency. https://t.co/rJ6AjgQC0G #ACMilan #Milan #SerieA #Calcio pic.twitter.com/ZLAV7Z2ZfN
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) April 14, 2021
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s company Unknown AB has reportedly been associated with Bethard, a Malta-based betting company, owning 10 percent of their shares.
FIFA and UEFA regulations do not allow participating players to have financial interests in gambling companies, and the Swedish Football Association has known of this case for three years and is the reason the player wasn’t called up for the 2018 World Cup, despite having retired from international football in 2016.
Meanwhile, the affair is being closely followed by FIFA and UEFA, as Ibrahimovic is expected to receive either a three-year ban or a hefty fine.
Ibrahimovic’s company is also the fourth largest owner in Bethard, which according to a 2019 report, made a profit of £25.79m, and was announced ambassador and co-owner in 2018, sharing, ‘It’s a company with Swedish roots, the founders are from my home town and they are true challengers who really wants to do things differently’.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) April 12, 2021
Should Ibrahimovic be handed the maximum ban of three years, he would be forced to retire since he turns 40 in October. This story comes as the player is set to extend his career by a year with his new contract at AC Milan until June 2022.