As I am sure you have heard, Nicklas Bendtner dropped his shorts a little way when he scored to reveal some ‘old’ pair of pants that said had Paddy Power printed on them. Suprisingly though, the fine for illegal advertising is less than a racist gesture.
UEFA get their Pants Bunched Up
The illegal conduct that Bendtner displayed has been understandably deal with. I do not blame UEFA for making a decision to make the fine harsh; what does not make sense is the fact that Croatia were fined a similar price for chucking a banana at Balotelli.
So, in UEFA terms illegal advertising is worse than racism.
Paddy Power have decided to pay the fine after pressure from followers on social media sites. A Paddy Power spokes said,
“We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and what we heard loud and clear yesterday was that Nicklas Bendtner should not suffer as a result of Uefa’s double standards.”
Harsh words possibly from a company that, in my opinion, did this in purpose.
Bendtner himself said that they were, “just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament”.
Interesting words but there is a point that the price of racism should have no equal. If the UEFA are trying to be firm quickly so no other player suffers then maybe they should take the same stance with racism threats.