Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been suspended by Wolfsburg.
The Danish international reportedly turned up to training 45 minutes late and turned up to training in a Mercedes, ignoring the club’s rule of driving Volkswagen cars.
Volkswagen are the club’s main sponsors, they hold naming rights to Wolfsburg’s stadium and their logo can be seen on their jerseys. The now resigned Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been investing in the club since 2007 and has helped fund moves of Naldo and Julian Draxler from Bayern Munich and Schalke respectively.
Bendtner arriving late to training joins the list of mishaps for him during his time in Germany. His last game came in Wolfsburg’s 3-0 loss to Andre Breitenreiter’s Schalke. In late February against Hertha Berlin, Dieter Hecking chose not to pick the 28-year-old in the Matchday squad and had a free place on the bench.
Wolfsburg are set to release a statement later this evening. But, Klaus Allofs briefly spoke on the issue to Kicker.
Nicklas [Bendtner] appeared late for training this morning session and individually trained. We will clarify the issue internally but the fact is that in any kind of wrongdoing will always attract also consequences…
After turning up late to training, Hecking took it upon himself to not let the Dane train ahead of the weekend’s match as the Wolves host Darmstadt 98.
Wolfsburg have won just two of their last five and this season paints a pale comparison to last season as they’re 24 points off second-placed Borussia Dortmund and five points off Champions League qualification.