Aftonbladet: Ibrahimovic risks ban from football for owning stake in betting company – the situation

By Oliver Fisher -

It is not an easy moment for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has now come under fire for owning shares in a betting company, a report claims.

After being sent off during the 3-1 win over Parma and having been spotted at a restaurant in the red zone which needed club sources to clear up that it was a business meeting, news comes from Sweden and that casts shadows on his football future.

As Aftonbladet writes (via Calciomercato.com), Ibrahimovic – through his stock company Unknown AB – owns 10% of Bethard.com, a sports betting brand. This violates the FIFA and UEFA code of ethics, which prohibits players participating in their competitions from having financial interests in companies of this type.

Erik Skarp, the CEO of Bethard , confirmed to the Swedish paper that Ibrahimovic still owns shares in Gameday Group PLC, Bethard’s sole shareholder. In 2019 they made a profit, after taxes, of around €30m.

As per the regulations, Ibrahimovic could be suspended from football and it would apply to all UEFA and FIFA competitions, including the World Cup qualifiers and any European tournaments that Milan are in. The regulation says that those who violate it can face penalties from a fine of €100k to the suspension of all activities related to football for a maximum of three years.

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