‘I slept in!’ – Nicklas Bendtner
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Nicklas Bendtner was fined £1,800 for turning up to Wolfsburg training 45 minutes late on Monday, because he slept through his morning alarm.
The former Arsenal striker was hit with a €2,250 fine – €50 for every minute of his arrears.
“I just slept in and didn’t hear my alarm,” the 28-year-old Denmark international told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “It’s my mistake.”
It’s not the first time ‘Lord Bendtner’ has faced club sanctions.
The Denmark international was also fined by Wolfsburg in February after sharing a photograph of him next to his Mercedes. The Bundesliga club are owned by Volkswagen, and have a club policy that all players must arrive for training in a VW car.
He was also once fined £80,000 and banned for one game by UEFA for pulling down his shorts to reveal Paddy Power branded underwear after scoring against Portugal in Euro 2012, while he was fined by Arsenal in 2014 for an unauthorised trip to his native Copenhagen.
Bendtner has scored just twice for Wolfsburg this season and does not appear to have a future at the Bundesliga club, having been dropped from the squad entirely for recent games.
He has been left out of the matchday squad for the past six games with coach Dieter Hecking admitting he is no longer under consideration.
Bendtner’s contract still has over a year left to run but Wolfsburg will be looking to offload the striker, who won a Serie A title while on loan at Juventus, this summer.