UEFA launches disciplinary investigation into Ibrahimovic over Bethard
UEFA has launched an investigation into Zlatan Ibrahimovic following reports that he still owns a stake in Bethard.
Switzerland.- The European football governing body Uefa has begun a disciplinary investigation into Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s alleged interest in the betting operator Bethard.
UEFA did not name the operator, but the launch of its inquiry follows reports that Ibrahimovic still owns a stake in Bethard through his investment company Unknown AB.
Ibrahimovic began working with Bethard in March 2018 as an ambassador when he played for the US Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy. He has since returned to play in both Uefa and Fifa matches with Italy’s AC Milan and the Swedish national squad.
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Section five, subsection three, article 23, part two of the FIFA Code of Ethics prohibits football players from having an interest in entities, companies or organisations that “promote, broker, arrange or conduct betting, gambling, lotteries or similar events or transactions connected with football matches and competitions”.
Violation of FIFA’s code of ethics can be punished with a fine of up to €100,000 and a ban for up to three years.