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article imageOp-Ed: Sunderland's Nicklas Bendtner issues apology following his arrest

By Christopher Bates     Dec 19, 2011 in Crime
Sunderland - Following his arrest last week, Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has issued an apology to the club, as well as his fans, family and friends.
It’s believed that Bendtner and his teammate Lee Cattermole, both 23, had damaged cars earlier this month after a night out in Newcastle.
The incident is said to have taken place on Stowell Street on December 6 at approximately 10pm.
The men were later released on bail, as Northumbria Police continue to investigate CCTV from that night.
The on-loan Arsenal striker said: "I am extremely sorry for all of this. I apologise sincerely that I have allowed myself to get involved in things that are interpreted in such dramatic fashion.
"My most important goal right now is getting rid of my injury and getting back in top form," continued Bendtner.
"I fully assume responsibility for not distancing myself from these incidents before they got out of hand.
"I hope you will understand that I now promise to concentrate fully on football and only football. My focus has to be here - and not anywhere else.
"It means that I in the upcoming time won't be involved in extracurricular activities - like too many parties or interviews about my persona.
"Trust takes time to build - and I now can see how quickly it disappears."
Both Bendtner and Cattermole started yesterday's 1-0 loss to Tottenham on the bench, although it's unknown whether it was punishment for their arrests. Bendtner was, however, used as a 46th-minute substitute to replace the injured Connor Wickham, while Cattermole failed to see the pitch.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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