Ex-Arsenal striker, Nicklas Bendtner will now spend 50 days in jail after dropping his appeal for assault against taxi driver

Former Arsenal striker, Nicklas Bendtner, will have to spend 50 days in jail after dropping his appeal against an assault conviction.

Recall that earlier this month, the Danish footballer, 30,  was found guilty of beating and kicking a cab driver in the Danish capital on September 9. He admitted to hitting the man but said he had acted in self-defense after a quarrel over the fare.

The incident took place in September. At trial, the City Court of Copenhagen was shown CCTV footage in which it appeared Bendtner struck the driver in the face.

Bendtner, who currently plays for Norwegian side Rosenborg, was sentenced to 50 days in prison and fined 1,500 kroner (£179).

His lawyer Anders Nemeth confirmed that Bendtner agreed with the attorney general in Copenhagen to drop his appeal, but will serve the sentence at his home in Denmark, under “intensive surveillance” with an electronic tag.

“Even though he disagrees with the verdict, he would rather focus on his club and family,” Nemeth told the BBC.

But it’s yet unknown when he will serve the sentence.

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