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Nicolas Bendtner Sentenced to 50 Days in Jail

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been sentenced to 50 days in jail for assaulting a taxi driver.

The 30-year-old, who plays for Norwegian club side Rosenborg, has been sentenced at a hearing in Copenhagen and was fined £177.

His club told Danish media channel TV2 the sentence will not impact his future the club and his lawyers plan to appeal.

Bendtner was charged with beating and kicking a cab driver in the Danish capital on September 9. He admitted hitting the man but said he acted with self-defence after a quarrel over the fare.

The cab driver, whose jaw was broken, was acquitted of violence but fined £350 for using his telephone while driving and not wearing his seatbelt.

In a statement, Rosenborg said they had no comment on the sentence, saying it was a matter for the Danish legal system, but offered a defence of Bendtner's character and the role he has played at the club since joining in March last year.

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has dropped his appeal against a 50-day jail sentence for assaulting a taxi driver.

The 30-year-old was found guilty following an incident in Copenhagen in September. The Denmark international admitted the charge but said he had acted in self-defence.

His current club, Rosenborg, have pledged to stand by him. In a statement, they said: "Nicklas has regretted the incident and he is taking his sentence. If we make mistakes, it is important that we take responsibility for our actions.

"Nicklas has his employment relationship with Rosenborg FC and the enforceable verdict from Denmark does not change that.

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