UEFA charges Bendtner for sponsored underwear

UEFA has charged Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner with improper

conduct for revealing an unofficial sponsor’s name on his underwear

while celebrating a goal at the European Championship.

UEFA says Bendtner is suspected of breaking Law 4 of soccer

regarding a player’s uniform and equipment. The European soccer

governing association says its disciplinary panel will deal with

the case on Monday.

Bendtner lifted his shirt and lowered his shorts slightly,

revealing the name of a betting firm across the top of his briefs,

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 a player’s uniform.

On Friday, Bendtner flashed the top of his new,

regulation-friendly black brief at practice.

Bendtner got a dressing down Thursday from the Danish Football

Association, which has official ties to a rival gambling

company.