UEFA charges Bendtner for sponsored underwear
UEFA charged Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner with improper
conduct on Friday for revealing an unofficial sponsor’s name on his
underpants while celebrating a goal at the European
Bendtner is suspected of breaking Law 4 of football regarding
players’ kit and equipment, UEFA said in a statement. The football
body’s disciplinary panel will deal with the case Monday.
The striker lifted his shirt and lowered his shorts slightly,
revealing the name of a betting firm across the top of his
underpants, after scoring his second goal in a 3-2 loss against
Portugal on Wednesday.
UEFA tournament rules for Euro 2012 also bar any sponsor
advertising on players’ kit.
Earlier Friday, Bendtner flashed his fresh, regulation-friendly
black underpants at training, which should keep him within team and
Bendtner got a dressing down from the Danish Football
Association on Thursday for flouting team policy. The association
has official ties to a rival gambling company.
Danish team officials have told Bendtner he must abide by rules
with his match-day underwear when Denmark plays Germany in the
final round of Group B matches on Sunday in Lviv, Ukraine. Germany
tops the group with six points while Denmark and Portugal both have
three. The Netherlands is last with zero points.