Bendtner appeals World Cup ban for underwear stunt

Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner has challenged his World Cup

suspension for his underwear stunt at the European

Championship.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA says its appeal panel will

judge the case on Aug. 27. UEFA found Bendtner guilty of ”improper

conduct” for breaking ambush marketing rules and banned for one

2014 World Cup qualifying match.

Bendtner scored his second headed goal in a 3-2 group-stage loss

against Portugal, then raised his shirt and lowered the top of his

shorts slightly to reveal the name of a betting firm which was not

a tournament sponsor.

Bendtner hopes to overturn the ban before Sept. 8, when Denmark

begins its 2014 World Cup qualifying against the Czech

Republic.

UEFA says Bendtner has not challenged the $126,000 fine.