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Bendtner sentenced to 50 days in jail for violent conduct - report

Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner was on Friday sentenced to 50 days in prison after being convicted of assaulting a taxi driver.

The incident reportedly happened in September.

The 30-year-old missed the summer world cup due to injury and now faces an uphill task to regain his place in the national team after being suspended by the Danish Football Association.

CCTV footage of the skirmishes appeared to show Bendtner hitting and kicking the driver in Copenhagen with the victim reportedly suffering a broken jaw.

The player however, claimed he was acting in self-defence and his lawyer told news agency Ritzau that Bendtner will be appealing the court’s ruling.

“If you are violent, you cannot play in the national team,” the Danish FA’s sporting director Peter Moller told Ritzau.

“Once his sentence is served, it will be up to (national team coach) Age Hareide to decide if Nicklas Bendtner should play for the national team.”

Meanwhile, the striker’s club Rosenborg have refused to take any punitive action against him.

“He will continue as a Rosenborg player,” chief executive Tove Moe Dyrhaug maintained on TV2.

This is not the first time the former Juventus and Arsenal striker’s off-field behaviour has gotten him into trouble.

In 2013, while at Juventus, he was slapped with a £97,200 (110,708 euro) fine and stripped of his driving licence for three years for drunk driving.
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