Danish international Nicki Bille Nielsen could be sentenced to eight years in prison when he appears in court on Thursday accused of biting a policeman.
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The 27-year-old who now plays for Ligue 1 side Evian, was arrested whilst on a night out with friends in Copenhagen early last year when he kicked a parking meter – at the time he was still playing for Norwegian side Rosenberg.
However, it is claimed that when he was put into a police vehicle and had to be controlled with pepper spray before he then bit the arresting officer.
“He is quiet here with his family,” Evian team-mate Jesper Hansen told local French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libere, according to the Guardian.
“He is a sensitive man, with a lot of heart. He is a good person. On the field, he is a fighter who works hard every training session.
“When he was younger, he liked to party. Now he is quieter and there are no paparazzi here.”
This isn’t the first time he’s been involved with the authorities, in 2013 Nielsen was arrested after being involved with disturbances in two separate pubs.
He was detained overnight before subsequently given a fine of 10,000 Norwegian Krone instead of a jail term.
If found guilty of this latest offence, Nielsen could face up to eight years in prison.
The Dane once went on trial at Newcastle and Portsmouth in the Premier League and has previously played for a number clubs in both Spain and Italy.
Nielsen certainly seems to have a temper, having this reaction when denied a penalty in a match in 2013: