Nicklas Bendtner facing Uefa punishment over underwear exposure
Friday 15 June 2012
Nicklas Bendtner was today set to be punished for exposing a sponsored pair of underwear in Denmark's European Championship defeat to Portugal.
UEFA confirmed this afternoon they were taking disciplinary action against the Arsenal striker, who dropped his shorts below his waistline and hoisted his shirt after scoring twice in Wednesday's Group B match in Lviv.
European football's governing body said in a statement: "UEFA has today announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner for improper conduct (Law 4 of the Laws of the Game) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match against Portugal in Lviv on Wednesday 13 June.
"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case on Monday."
Bendtner has already been reprimanded by the Danish Football Association, despite claiming he had no idea he had broken any rules by revealing the Paddy Power branded boxer shorts.
He said: "It is just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament.
"I didn't know I was breaking any rules but I am aware of that now."
Paddy Power congratulated Bendtner on his actions on the night of the game.
The bookmakers' Ken Robertson said: "I'm truly delighted for Nicklas, what a stunning performance tonight.
"I've no doubt that the luck of the Irish thanks to our lucky underpants helped him find the back of the net twice!"
The Danish FA, who are sponsored by rival bookies Ladbrokes, said: "We have spoken to the player and he will not play in those [underpants] against Germany on Sunday."
Latest in Sport
Dylan Tombides: West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker has died after battle with cancer
Hull v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger admits 'I am not in the best position' as contract uncertainty continues
Secret to Liverpool’s title charge is Brendan Rodgers’ ability to keep changing formation – and Raheem Sterling’s gift of adapting to his manager’s wishes
Steven Gerrard profile: the Lion of Liverpool who embodies fight for Hillsborough justice and is poised to lead his club to a remarkable triumph
Spurs ‘agree deal’ with former Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri
- 1 KFC 'sorry' after lesbian couple are kicked out of Bath restaurant for 'heavy petting'
- 2 Dylan Tombides: West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker has died after battle with cancer
- 3 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 4 'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
- 5 PFA Player of the Year: Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard all nominated as Liverpool dominate award shortlist