Bethard exits the UK market

Swedish international super star Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the UK a couple of years ago, continuing his career in the US and then in Milan. The online gambling operator Bethard, in which Ibrahimovic is a co-owner, is following his steps and is going to leave the UK market next month.

This seems to be the latest hit in a growing rush to the exits amid the UK’s increasingly restrictive regulatory regime. Bethard’s UK customers received emails from the company alerting them to the fact that the site was withdrawing from the UK market effective July 6.

Players will still be able to place their bets until July 6, but all open bets will be closed following that date. Bethard’s clients will have until August 10 to withdraw any remaining balances in their accounts. The operator, which only received its UK Gambling Commission license two years ago, did not offer any specific justification for its decision, stating only that the decision came following “a careful review of our strategic options.”

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