Let's count the fun ironies in this story about Nicklas Bendtner, a soccer player for Denmark who's in trouble for pulling down his pants while celebrating a goal during a Euro 2012 match against Portugal on Wednesday. First, he's not in trouble, as you might expect, for pulling down his shorts at a major sporting event. (In fairness, he only lowered them slightly.) No, the crime is that his underwear had the name of betting website Paddy Power, while the official betting website of the Danish team (Europe loves betting) is Ladbrokes. The Associated Press quotes the spokesman for Danish Football Association
"We have an exclusive deal ... and this is of course a breach of it. And it's also a breach of UEFA's commercial rules, rules against exposing personal messages."
(Side note: "personal messages" sounds like a delightful British euphemism, given that he exposed this one by pulling down his pants.)
Second, this is apparently his "lucky" underwear -- so lucky that upon exposure, it's brought him an investigation from soccer officials. Bendtner says:
"But it was not a conscious thing on my part. It was simply some underwear that give a little luck. I also wore them in the first match and have worn them before."
(Side note: They lost the match 3-2, despite his the goal he scored. Some lucky underwear...)