UEFA have reportedly launched a disciplinary investigation into Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s alleged part-ownership of a Malta-based gambling company - a move which could spell an early end to his career.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported earlier this month that Ibrahimovic owns 10 percent of the shares of Bethard, a Malta-based gambling website, through his company - Unknown AB. FIFA and UEFA do not allow players who participate in their competitions to have financial interests in gambling or betting companies.
According to The Guardian, UEFA have set up a ethics and disciplinary inspector to establish whether Ibrahimovic has violated any betting regulations. A UEFA statement read: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations (DR), a Uefa Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company. Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course.”
Ibrahimovic became Bethard's global ambassador in 2018, and was also the reason why he wasn't called up for the World Cup that year. The Swede recently signed a contract extension with Milan until 2022, but if found guilty, his footballing career could end much sooner than expected.