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Rosenborg player Bendtner gets 50 days in jail for taxi driver assault

Rosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner was sentenced to 50 days in prison after being convicted of assaulting a taxi driver on Friday.

Rosenborg player Bendtner gets 50 days in jail for taxi driver assault
Nicklas Bendtner. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Scanpix
Having missed the summer's World Cup with injury, 30-year-old Bendtner now faces an uphill task to regain his place in Denmark's national team after being suspended by the Danish Football Association.
 
CCTV footage appeared to show Bendtner hitting and kicking the driver in Copenhagen in September with the victim reportedly suffering a broken jaw. 
 
However, the player claimed he was acting in self-defence and his lawyer told news agency Ritzau that Bendtner will be appealing the court's ruling. 
 
“If you are violent, you cannot play in the national team,” the Danish FA's sporting director Peter Moller told Ritzau. “Once his sentence is served, it will be up to [national team coach] Åge Hareide to decide if Nicklas Bendtner should play for the national team.”
 
However, the striker's Norwegian club Rosenborg have refused to take action against him.
 
“He will continue as a Rosenborg player,” chief executive Tove Moe Dyrhaug said on TV2.
 
The former Juventus and Arsenal striker's off-field behaviour has got him into trouble in the past.  In 2013, while at Juventus, he was slapped with a £97,200 (825,694 kroner, €110,708) fine and stripped of his driving licence for three years after being caught drink driving.

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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