Ex-Arsenal and Wolfsburg striker Nicklas Bendtner has received a 50-day prison sentence for assaulting a taxi driver. The 30-year-old Denmark international, who has also had loan spells at Sunderland, Birmingham City and Juventus, decided to appeal the sentence but is still obliged to pay the driver over £1,000 in compensation.
In a surveillance video shown in court, Bendtner appeared to strike a taxi driver in the face after refusing to pay the fare. The Rosenberg player issued an apology a few days later:
“To Rosenborg fans and audiences, I regret that this has happened. I’m sorry with all my heart that we are standing here today. I have never been a fighter but I protect those I love on and off the pitch.”