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Nicklas Bendtner fined for drunk driving

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A Danish court has given Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner a 842,000 kroner ($147,000) fine for drunk driving, and suspended his driver's license for three years.

Bendtner pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol when he was stopped after a night out on Sunday morning by police. The prosecution says his blood-alcohol content was 1.75, or 3.5 times higher than the legal limit.

Bendtner said after Tuesday's verdict by the Copenhagen court that it was "the worst day in my life."

On Monday, the Danish football federation suspended Bendtner from national team duty for six months. The suspension means Bendtner will miss key World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria this month and against Armenia in June.

Bendtner was pulled over by police in central Copenhagen early Sunday and was fined for being over the alcohol limit.

The forward, who has been injured since December, said in a statement to Danish media that he regretted his behavior and respected the federation's decision. However, he said being banned from the national team was "the worst thing that can happen to a football player."

The federation, DBU, said it has told Bendtner "to use the coming six months to consider his future as a national team player."

The suspension means Bendtner will miss key World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria this month and against Armenia in June.

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