UEFA has launched ‘a disciplinary investigation’ into Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s alleged part-ownership of a betting company.
European football’s governing body has appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to establish whether Ibrahimovic has violated any of its betting regulations.
The Sweden and AC Milan striker, 39, has been reported to own a 10 per cent stake in Bethard, a Malta-based gambling website, through his company Unknown AB.
A UEFA statement read: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), 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.”
The latest news comes after Ibrahimovic was rewarded with a one-year contract extension by Milan last week following a stunning return of 15 goals in 17 Serie A games this season.
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The investigation follows claims in the Swedish press that Ibrahimovic could be hit with a three-year ban due to his involvement with Bethard.
UEFA has not confirmed if there is a connection between their investigation and Ibrahimovic’s association with Bethard.