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Nick's Knickers Get UEFA's Pants In A Bunch

Nick's Knickers Get UEFA's Pants In A Bunch

UEFA have confirmed that Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will face punishment for flashing some corporately branded underpants after scoring his country's equaliser in the 3-2 defeat to Portugal on Wednesday. After heading in his second goal of the game, Bendtner lfited his shirt to reveal the waistband of his undergarments bearing the name of a well known betting company.

A UEFA statement read, '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.'

Rather unconvincingly, the Danish striker claimed, '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.'

The betting company had released a statement on Wednesday night congratulating Bendtner on scoring the goal, all but confirming the publicity stunt- which will now no doubt have doubled in effectiveness with Bendtner in disciplinary trouble over the matter.

The Danish FA, who have a sponsorship deal with a rival bookies, said: 'We have spoken to the player and he will not play in those [underpants] against Germany on Sunday.'

Following on from Umbro's heart warming statement this week that they'd cater for boss Roy Hodgson's comfort because of his choice of footwear did not carry their logo.

Whilst trivial matters, such as monkey noises made at black players in open training sessions is swept under the carpet, it's good to see the governing body getting to grips with the real issues that blight the game and protecting our sensibilities. Thanks UEFA. LD.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday June 15 2012
Time: 3:59PM


Those issues in Krakow have not been swept under the carpet. The Dutch made no initial complaint, and because it was an open session I imagine its difficult to work out who should be penalised, the Polish FA, the club whose stadium it was, which supporters were making the chants? UEFA have already given the Russian FA a £96K fine plus 6pts suspended deduction, and have been investigating chants that occured of Spain v Italy, events between Poliand v Russia and now an incident of Italy v Croatia. However when not all spectators at matches are actually supporters of either side, the investigation takes longer. As for Bendtner, it's not that what he did is more important it's simply that it is quicker to resolve.
15/06/2012 16:48:00
What is it with Nicolas constantly being found in underwear related mishaps? Was he not caught leaving a club with his trousers round his ankles once? As for UEFA, I suppose silly and trivial matters like this are more of a priority for them as opposed to the more serious issues at hand. I am actually surprised they are actually doing something about the disgraceful behaviour of the Croat fans during the Italy v Croatia game. Also found Platini's remarks about a player being carded if he walked off in protest over getting racially abused absolutely disgusting too.
Ned Stark
16/06/2012 18:37:00
Bendtner fined 100,000 euros and banned for one game. Very quickly resolved indeed!
Little Dutch
18/06/2012 14:51:00
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