WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - 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.
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KOLOBRZEG, Poland (AP) _ Nicklas Bendtner has changed his underwear.
The Denmark forward flashed his regulation-friendly black underpants at training Friday in a display to show he’s within team and UEFA guidelines.
Bendtner got a dressing down from the Danish Football Association for a celebration stunt after scoring his second goal in a 3-2 loss against Portugal on Wednesday.
He lifted his shirt and lowered his shorts slightly, revealing the name of an Irish betting firm across the top of his underpants.
UEFA is weighing disciplinary action for breaching rules that bar any sponsor advertising on players’ kit at the European Championship.
Bendtner also flouted team policy as the Danish association has official ties to a rival British gambling company.