If Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole are aiming to impress new Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill, they seem to be going about it the wrong way. The pair of Black Cats were arrested today on suspicion of causing criminal damage to cars parked in a road a few streets from St James' Park. The Sun reports:
Police launched a probe after cars were attacked in Stowell Street — just yards from the home ground of arch rivals Newcastle United — last Tuesday night.
Striker Bendtner and midfielder Cattermole, both 23, were released on police bail.
The automobile-attacking duo could potentially feature in Sunderland's trip to White Hart Lane this weekend, but after acting like a couple of disobedient teenagers, the well-paid professional athletes may face a suspension from the club — much like the one teammate Titus Bramble served after his recent legal troubles.
Sunderland captain Cattermole — who usually takes out his violent aggression on the shins of opposing players — already has an arrest to his name, following an incident on a night out in 2008. This appears to be Bendtner's first dalliance into criminality, but it's certainly not the first time he's done something embarrassing on a night out.