Stories emerged in the last few days that Nicklas Bendtner had been handed a six-month ban from the Denmark national team by the Danish FA, but a spokesman has moved to dispel these rumours.
Lars Berendt of the Danish Football Association told Sporten that the media had exaggerated reports of Bendtner’s ban, explaining that it is not an enforced suspension from the team, but merely a break recommended so that the striker can get his personal life together.
“It is the press who make it a ban of six months. Now read what it says. I have not used the word ban. Therefore, there is no reason to focus on any specific expiry date.
“When Morten Olsen (Denmark coach) believes that Nicklas Bendtner has his club situation and his career back on track, and Morten Olsen comes back to DBU (Danish football association) and says that now he could well imagine the selection of Bendtner for the national team, then DBU will take the initiative to have a chat with Nicklas Bendtner.
“And we have not put a precise date on it. We have asked Nicklas Bendtner to spend the next six months to think carefully. And when we’ve had a conversation with Nicklas Bendtner, then we will see where he stands, and we will report back to Morten Olsen on the situation at that time.”
Bendtner has had a difficult season on loan from Arsenal at Juventus, where he has failed to establish himself on the first-team. He was recently arrested for drink driving, which is where stories of his ban came from.
Whether or not he is actually banned from the national team for six months, these continued disciplinary problems are unlikely to go down well with Arsene Wenger, who will surely try to offload the striker on a permanent basis this summer, after failed loan spells at Sunderland and now Juventus.
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