Zlatan Ibrahimovic in trouble as UEFA open investigation on betting company

UEFA have officially opened a disciplinary investigation into Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company.’

And, if he is found guilty it could cost him his place at Euro 2020.

Uefa disciplinary chiefs announced the former inquiry into the Swedish superstar’s links with a betting company.

Ibrahimovic is part-owner of Malta-based Bethard, seemingly in direct contravention of both Uefa and Fifa regulations.

A statement was released by UEFA this afternoon and it could lead to some very serious repercussions for the Sweden international.

“In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations by Mr. Zlatan Ibrahimović for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company.

“Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course.”

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet had reported that a company Ibrahimovic holds shares in had also invested in a betting company.

It leaves the AC Milan and Sweden star facing a massive fine and potential ban – which may spell the end of his chances of appearing at this summer’s Euro.

Fifa’s ethics code, which is shared by Uefa, prevents players or others in football from having “any interests, either directly or indirectly” in companies that “promote, arrange or conduct betting”.

The maximum penalty is a three YEAR ban and fine of £85,000.