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

UEFA guidelines.

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.