On the verge of a one-year extension at AC Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now entangled in an online betting affair. Co-owner of a betting company, he could be sanctioned three years by FIFA for violating the code of ethics.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Sweden
Definitely things are not going strong for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the moment. The 39-year-old Swedish striker is going through a period of doubt with just 1 goal in his last 6 Serie A games with AC Milan. Victim of a rather strange expulsion against Parma (3-1 victory) in his team’s last league game, he will not play this weekend against Genoa. But this is not the most serious, because the native of Malmö faces a much greater threat and which could call into question the rest of his career.
As Swedish media Aftonbladet explains, the scorer, who has 118 caps and 62 goals with Sweden, is said to be co-owner of sports betting company Bethard.com. An online platform headquartered in St. Julian’s on the island of Malta and for which the player is an ambassador. He also made some videos for this sports betting site.
A return to selection that could be expensive
An unfortunate position since as a professional footballer there is a risk of conflict of interest. In this case, player Unknown AB’s company would own 10% of the shares of the company that owns Bethard.com. If this site does not allow you to bet on Serie A, it allows you to bet on international matches and this is where the bottom hurts. Back in the selection after 5 years of absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic played against Georgia (1-0) and Kosovo (1-0). Two meetings for which we could bet on its online betting site.
According to Aftonbladet, FIFA is aware of the matter and has opened an investigation to determine whether the player has violated the code of ethics. Thus, the player risks a heavy fine which could reach several million euros. But the worst part is that he risks up to three years of suspension. A penalty that would have major repercussions as the player is very close to extending for a year at AC Milan. If ever a sanction is proclaimed against him and that it amounts to three years of suspension, it will be difficult to imagine a return to the grounds of the former Parisian. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sporting future may be playing out outside the green rectangle.