Nicklas Bendtner sentenced in Denmark to 50 days in prison for assault

Nicklas Bendtner sentenced in Denmark to 50 days in prison for assault
Nicklas Bendtner (left) and his lawyer Anders Nemeth arrive in Copenhagen

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was sentenced to 50 days in Denmark for attacking a taxi driver.

The 30-year-old Rosenborg player has appealed and was released to a higher court hearing.

The incident occurred in September, and the city court of Copenhagen showed CCTV footage in which Bendtner hit the driver in the face.

The Danish international admitted conceding the taxi driver but said he felt threatened.

Bendtner said the driver threw him and his girlfriend a bottle or can as they left without paying.

"We think this is not good for the club and not good for Nicklas, but he remains a player in the club and we keep him," said Tove Moe Dyrhaug, managing director of Bendtner's Norwegian club Rosenborg.

Bendtner, who played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2014 and scored 45 goals in 171 games, missed a place in the Danish squad for the 2018 World Cup due to an injury.

He had loans in Sunderland, Birmingham City and Juventus when he was in the Arsenal before he finally moved to the German club Wolfsburg.

He moved back to England to join Nottingham Forest in September 2016 before joining Rosenborg in March 2017.

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