Caught with their pants down: UEFA fume over Bendtner’s sponsored kecks
Bookies’ambush marketing campaign sees the Arsenal and Denmark striker flash undies bearing their logo during goal celebration
Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner could be facing UEFA action over ambush marketing after revealing a pair of bookmaker-branded underpants when he scored in today’s 3-2 defeat to Portugal at Euro 2012.
Bendtner, who got both goals as Denmark came from 2-0 down to level the match before conceding a late winner, revealed branding from Irish bookmakerduring celebrations of the equaliser.
The move was part of an orchestrated marketing campaign, with the bookmaker tonight issuing a statement congratulating the Arsenal forward.
Ken Robertson fromsaid: “I’m truly delighted for Nicklas, what a stunning performance tonight.
“I’ve no doubt that the luck of the Irish thanks to our lucky underpants helped him find the back of the net twice!”
However, UEFA are unlikely to react with the same enthusiasm as Bendtner’s actions would appear to be a clear violation of their rules on ambush marketing.
UEFA regulations ban any advertising on players’ kits during the tournament.