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Danish footballer Bendtner gets 50 days in jail for taxi driver assault

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

Danish footballer Bendtner gets 50 days in jail for taxi driver assault
Nicklas Bendtner. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Scanpix
Having missed the summer's World Cup with injury, 30-year-old Bendtner now faces an uphill task to regain his place in the national team after being suspended by the Danish Football Association.
 
CCTV footage appeared to show Bendtner hitting and kicking the driver in Copenhagen in September with the victim reportedly suffering a broken jaw. 
 
However, the player 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] Åge Hareide to decide if Nicklas Bendtner should play for the national team.”
 
However, the striker's Norwegian club Rosenborg have refused to take action against him.
 
“He will continue as a Rosenborg player,” chief executive Tove Moe Dyrhaug said on TV2.
 
The former Juventus and Arsenal striker's off-field behaviour has got him into trouble in the past.  In 2013, while at Juventus, he was slapped with a £97,200 (825,694 kroner, €110,708) fine and stripped of his driving licence for three years after being caught drink driving.

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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