Bendtner handed one-game ban for showing sponsored underwear
Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner hit with one-game ban and £80,500 fine for showing sponsored underwear in a Euro 2012 game
Nicklas Bendtner has been banned for one competitive international fixture and fined €100,000 (£80,500) for displaying sponsored underwear during Denmark’s Euro 2012 game against Portugal, Uefa has confirmed.
The Denmark striker pulled up his shirt to reveal ‘Paddy Power’ branded underwear after he scored in the 3-2 defeat by Portugal on 13 June.
A Uefa statement read: “Following the opening of disciplinary proceedings concerning the improper conduct of Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner at the Uefa Euro 2012 Group B match against Portugal in Lviv on Wednesday 13 June, the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend the player for one competitive fixture.
“This suspension applies to the next 2014 Fifa World Cup match, including the qualifying competition, for which Bendtner is eligible. The player has also been fined €100,000.
“An appeal can be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the full written decision.”
When asked about the underwear, Bendtner explained: “It is just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament.
“I didn’t know that I was breaking any rules but I am aware of that now.”