AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic fined £43,000 by UEFA for having financial interest in betting company

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been fined £43,000 (€50,000) for having a financial interest in a betting company.

Last month, European football’s governing body appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to establish whether the veteran Swedish forward had violated any of its betting regulations.

Ibrahimovic has been fined for acquiring a stake in Malta-based company BetHard

The former Barcelona and Manchester United star reportedly acquired a 10% per cent stake in Bethard, a Malta-based gambling website, through his company Unknown AB.

He has now been found guilty of violating Article 12(2)(b) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

The rules states any individual who ‘participates directly or indirectly in betting or similar activities relating to competition matches or who has a direct or indirect financial interest in such activities’.

AC Milan have also been fined £21,600 (€25,000) for the interest in the company.

Last month, reports in Sweden emerged that Ibrahimovic, 39, was facing a three-year ban for his involvement in the betting firm – a ban which would have ended his career.

The former Sweden international signed a contract extension in January with the Rossoneri until the end of this season, having scored 15 goals in 19 Serie A appearances this term.