Former Arsenal striker Bendtner sentenced to 50 days in jail

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Denmark global striker Nicklas Bendtner has been convicted of assaulting a taxi driver and sentenced to 50 days in jail.

A court in Copenhagen watched a video of the incident filmed from inside the cab.

Rosenborg have stood behind Bendtner despite expressing their disapproval of his actions.

"Once his sentence is served, it will be up to (national team coach) Age Hareide to decide if Nicklas Bendtner should play for the national team".

"He will continue as a Rosenborg player", chief executive Tove Moe Dyrhaug said on TV2.

Having refused to pay the £5 fare, Bendtner and his partner exited the taxi and were pursued by the driver, where the footballer punched him before kicking him as he lay on the ground.

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Bendtner said the driver threw a bottle or a can towards him and his girlfriend when they left without paying.

As tensions escalated, Bendtner claimed he felt threatened and left the taxi for his own safety. He has been ordered to pay compensation to the driver, totaling £1,000.

The cab driver was acquitted of violence but fined £355 for using his telephone while driving and not wearing his seat belt. I could not imagine it would develop as it did, and of course I'm extremely sad that the outcome became as unfortunate as it did. I'm sorry with all my heart that we are standing here today. I thank you for your understanding.

He has 81 caps and 30 goals for the Danish national side but has not been selected as regularly in recent years.

Bendtner returned to English football with Nottingham Forest in 2016 but did not see out a full season before moving to Rosenborg.

He's also enjoyed spells at Birmingham City, Sunderland, Juventus and Wolfsburg.

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