EURO 2012

Bendtner fined, banned for one match

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Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been fined and banned for one competitive match.
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Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been banned for one game and fined $125,000 by UEFA for lowering his shorts after he scored in the Euro 2012 clash with Portugal.

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Bendtner, 24, was found guilty of improper conduct by European football's governing body after he revealed the logo of a betting company on his underpants in the match on June 13.

It was the Arsenal man's second goal of the contest, but Portugal went on to win the game 3-2.

When questioned about the incident, Bendtner, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, said: "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 I was breaking any rules, but I am aware of that now."

The UEFA took a dim view, however, and Bendtner is now set to miss Denmark's opening game in World Cup 2014 qualifying.

The player has three days to lodge an appeal.
 

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