Euro 2012 Diary: Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner caught with his trousers down

 

Nicklas Bendtner looks set to be punished by Uefa for his celebration against Portugal on Wednesday. The Arsenal striker, who scored twice in the 3-2 defeat, lifted his shirt and lowered his shorts after his second goal to reveal underpants sponsored by bookmaker Paddy Power. This contradicts Uefa's policy that "all kit items worn during the final tournament must be free of any sponsor advertising". The furore has echoes of an episode in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup, when ITV pundit Robbie Earle was sacked after accusations that tickets attributed to him were used by a Dutch beer company during an ambush marketing campaign.

UEFA eventually tune in to England's band

They have long been the bane of England internationals at Wembley and abroad, and now the European Championship will suffer. Uefa have confirmed that the England supporters' band will be allowed to play inside the stadium in Kiev against Sweden tonight, after having their instruments confiscated before Monday's match with France. Although not universally popular with fans, their support may be a blessing, with Sweden supporters expected to outnumber the English by four to one.

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