Nicklas Bendtner has been fined by Wolfsburg after posing next to a Mercedes car on his Instagram profile.
The Denmark international was disciplined as his club is owned by Mercedes' rival car manufacturer Volkswagen.
On my way to another session
A photo posted by Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtner3) on Feb 16, 2016 at 1:17pm PST
Coach Klaus Allofs confirmed that Bendtner has been given a "punishment" as a result of the post.
"It was carelessness," Allofs told reporters.
Bendtner, who was left out of Wolfsburg's squad for their 3-2 Champions League victory against Gent, was recently the subject of interest from Chinese clubs, his manager added.
"I can confirm that there were a few bids from China on Nicklas Bendtner in the Bundesliga winter break," said Allofs.
"But none of the inquiries was official enough that we so much as contemplating a transfer."
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