AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic fined £ 43,000 by UEFA for having financial interest in betting company
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been fined £ 43,000 (€ 50,000) for having a financial interest in a betting company.
European football’s governing body last month appointed an ethics and discipline inspector to determine whether the veteran Swedish striker had broken any of his betting rules.
The former Barcelona and Manchester United star is said to have acquired a 10% per cent stake in Bethard, a Malta-based gambling site, through his company Unknown AB.
He has now been found guilty of violating Article 12 (2) (b) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.
The regulations state any person who “participates directly or indirectly in betting or similar activities linked to competitive matches or who has a direct or indirect financial interest in such activities”.
AC Milan were also fined £ 21,600 (€ 25,000) for their interest in the company.
Last month, reports in Sweden revealed that Ibrahimovic, 39, was facing a three-year ban for his involvement with the betting company – a ban that would have ended his career.
The former Sweden international signed a contract extension in January with the Rossoneri until the end of this season, having scored 15 goals in 19 Serie A appearances this season.