AC Milan and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a 3-year ban due to betting.
According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Ibrahimovic owns 10% of a betting site based in Malta.
The report said that the Swedish Federation had been aware of the problem three years ago, which is why the striker was not called up to the 2018 World Cup.
According to the report, the case that the International Union and the European Union are pursuing, the Swedish may be punished with a suspension of 3 years and a heavy fine, as FIFA and UEFA do not allow players participating in their competition to have financial interests in gambling companies.
The report added that the veteran striker is the fourth largest owner of the company, which made a profit of 25.79 million pounds after tax in 2019.
The report indicated that Zlatan may have violated FIFA rules during the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and in the European League qualifiers against Irish Shamrock Rovers.
FIFA’s ethical regulations state that anyone who violates its rules will be punished with a fine and a possible suspension of all football-related activities for a maximum period of three years, while UEFA regulations are less clear-cut when it comes to punishment.
When the story came out in March 2018, Hakan Sjstrand, General Secretary of the Swedish Football Association, said: “According to FIFA’s rules and codes of conduct, no player may own shares in betting companies directly or indirectly.”
Milan is close to renewing Zlatan’s contract for another season, as the 39-year-old continues his career with the Rossoneri.
Ibrahimovi has participated in 25 matches this season, scoring 17 goals and sending 3 assists.
Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January 2020, 8 years after his departure from the team.
In all, Ibrahimovic participated in 130 matches for Milan, scored 84 goals and sent 32 assists.
He was crowned with the league in the 2010-2011 season and the Italian Super Cup in the 2011-2012 season.