Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, currently on-loan with Juventus, has been handed a ban from the Danish Football Association (DBU) preventing him from playing with the national side for six months over a drink-driving offence.
Bendtner was stopped by authorities at night on the 2nd March for driving on the wrong side of the road while allegedly under the influence of alcohol in Copenhagen while supposedly recovering from his serious adductor injury.
A statement on the organisation’s official website read:
Based on Nicklas Bendtner’s traffic offence on Saturday night, which affected his public image in a negative way, DBU informed him that we take a clear distance from his breach of the Highway Code Section 53rd.
The Football Association expects that he spends the next six months on these considerations, and DBU then will be happy to take a dialogue with him about how he may in the future see himself positively contributing to the binding community around the first team.
The Danish international took to his twitter account to apologize for his actions:
Dear friends, I was booked for a mild case of drink driving last night. It was a quiet night but I am very very sorry to all my friends and fans. It is not OK to drink and drive. I take full responsibility.
Since spending the season with the Bianconeri he has managed only nine appearances without scoring a goal before his serious injury that will sideline him for majority of the season. His latest misdemeanor may result in the loan spell being cut short and he could find himself back in North London shortly if Juventus decide to take action against the striker.