Nicklas Bendtner has been accused of ‘pissing up and down the leg’ of the Danish Football Association (DBU) after reports claimed the Arsenal striker has been on a two week bender in New York and Las Vegas.
While such a jaunt registers little on the radar of English football fans so used to seeing the likes of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole partying until the early hours in the off season, it appears that Bendtner’s actions have infuriated his countrymen.
Last month the 23-year-old controversially pulled out of Denmark’s under-21 European Championship squad despite the tournament being held on home turf. A statement from the DBU initially gave Bendtner the doubt after he went public on a desire to spend the summer with his six-month-old son:
“Nicklas Bendtner didn’t want to play, because he needed personal time. We have never, and will never, intervene in our internationals personal life.”
However, with pictures set to be published tomorrow of the striker letting loose in the Big Apple and Sin City the Danish tabloids are set to go to town on the player’s apparent betrayal.
A long standing fixture on the Danish celebrity circuit, with his whirlwind romance with 34-year-old Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff often garnering headlines, it has now been suggested that national team coach Morten Olsen should take a firm line with the striker by refusing to pick him for the foreseeable future despite his goals being integral to Denmark’s success.
Such a decision would come as a blow to Bendtner with the young Dane scouring the continent for a new club ahead of next season. Certain to quit the Emirates after going public on his desire for more first team football he has so far been linked with German side Borussia Dortmund and Turkish giants Besiktas.
Bendtner isn’t the first Arsenal player to get caught up in a club versus country row this summer. Jack Wilshere also pulled out of under-21 duty claiming fatigue would hamper his development next season; he has yet to be caught out in a casino, but did post this picture of himself relaxing in the sunshine.