Zlatan Ibrahimovic has decided to cease his collaboration with a betting company that risked seeing him banned for multiple years, reports claim.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (via Calciomercato.com) recently reported that 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.
It was then confirmed that UEFA had opened an investigation into the situation to see if any protocol had indeed been breached, and now it seems Ibrahimovic has decided to act to avoid a potentially large punishment.
According to what is being reported by Mundo Deportivo in Spain and by RMC Sport in France (via Calciomercato.com), the collaboration relationship between the parties was ended by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. By doing so, the Swede protected himself from any sanctions by the control bodies of UEFA, including a maximum three-year ban.