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UEFA to investigate Bendtner's underpants celebration

The organisation will look into the striker’s antics following his goal against Portugal.

Bendtner scored both goals in Denmark's 3-2 defeat by Portugal.
Bendtner scored both goals in Denmark's 3-2 defeat by Portugal.

UEFA ARE LOOKING into whether Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner broke player advertising rules by flashing the waistband of his underpants after scoring against Portugal, a source with knowledge of the matter said Thursday.

The 24-year-old striker scored twice in Denmark’s 3-2 defeat in Lviv, Ukraine, on Wednesday as Morten Olsen’s side battled back from a 2-0 deficit but were beaten with a goal three minutes from time.

The source told AFP they were checking if Bendtner broke Article 18.18 of the “Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2010-12″, which states: “All kit items worn during the final tournament must be free of any sponsor advertising.”

That includes: “a) any event held at a stadium, from arrival at the stadium until departure from the stadium; b) for any training session designated as official by the UEFA administration; and c) at any official UEFA press conference.”

The waistband of Bendtner’s green and white underwear had the words of a Dublin-based online betting firm. The company, Paddy Power, said on its website that they were “lucky pants”.

© AFP, 2012

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