According to reports, Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a three-year ban for investing in a Malta-based betting company.
According to a shocking report in Sweden, the 39-year-career old's may be cut short as a result of the ban.
According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, he owns 10% of Bethard, a gambling company with offices in Malta, through his company Unknown AB.
Fifa and Uefa both prohibit players from having financial interests in gambling companies.
According to Fifa's ethical rules, anyone who violates them faces a fine and a three-year ban from all football activities.
According to the report, the Swedish FA was aware of the problem, which is why he did not play in the 2018 World Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, an AC Milan striker, had retired from international football in 2016, but he returned ahead of this summer's Euros.
According to the report, Zlatan's company is Bethard's fourth largest shareholder, with a profit after tax of £25.79 million in 2019. He was named a co-owner and brand ambassador three years ago.
“I have obviously been intensively courted by betting companies throughout my career, but up until now I have not been presented with anything that has triggered me,” Ibrahimovic said at the time.
“There was something different about Bethard. It is a Swedish company, the founders are from my hometown, and they are true challengers who want to do things differently.”
“I do not speculate on possible sanctions,” Swedish FA general secretary Hakan Sjjstrand said this week.
But, of course, we will continue to push for clarity in Fifa's regulations, as there is a lot of ambiguity in how they should be interpreted.”
In an email, Bethard CEO Erik Sharp stated, "These are questions that should be asked of Fifa."
‘We have an agreement with Zlatan that we follow, and if problems arise, we will deal with them in collaboration with him.'
Ibrahimovic's representatives were contacted for comment by Aftonbladet.
Fifa and Uefa have both been contacted for comment by The Sun.
“As a general policy, Fifa's judicial bodies do not speculate on the application of the Fifa Code of Ethics or any other regulation,” according to a Fifa statement.
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