Ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner to serve jail sentence

Nicklas Bendtner in action for Denmark Source: Getty Images

Former Arsenal and Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner will have to serve a 50-day jail sentence after dropping his appeal against an assault conviction.

Early this month, Bendtner was found guilty of beating and kicking a cab driver in the Danish capital on September 10.

The 30-year-old Dane admitted to hitting the man but said he had acted in self-defence after a quarrel over the fare.

Bendtner was sentenced to 50 days in prison and fined 1,500 kroner ($A242).

The State Prosecutor of Copenhagen wrote on Twitter that it also abandoned its appeal after Bendtner's move, adding "the verdict is therefore final."

It was not immediately clear when Bendtner would serve his time.

Bendtner, a former Arsenal and Juventus forward who now plays for Norwegian club Rosenborg, has not been selected for his national team in recent months because of his poor shape.

Source AAP