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Feb 7, 2014

M’baye Niang crashes Ferrari into tree

Montpellier forward M’baye Niang faces up to two years in prison after crashing his Ferrari into a tree at the club's training ground.

Mbaye Niang (l) celebrates with Abdelhamid El-Kaoutari.
M’baye Niang has been in trouble with the police before.

Niang, 19, was leaving the complex at Grammont on Sunday when, according to Le Parisien, he lost control of his car, which struck a number of other vehicles before it was left severely damaged after careering into the tree.

The former Caen player, who joined Montpellier on loan from AC Milan during the January transfer window, was taken in for questioning by police on Thursday.

Having initially said on Twitter that he was not behind the wheel of the car when the accident occurred only to then delete the tweet, he admitted to police he had been the driver at the time of the incident.

Although he was released after several hours in custody, Niang will now go to court on Feb. 24 to face charges of reckless driving, causing accidental injury, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving while his licence was suspended.

It is not the first time the forward, who is under contract with Milan until 2017, has found himself in trouble.

In September 2012, he was stopped by Italian police, before claiming to be Rossoneri teammate Bakaye Traore as he did not have the required driving licence and documents. He was also given a 14-month ban from representing France at any level after joining four other players on a visit to a Paris nightclub in between the two legs of the U21 side's 2013 European Championship playoff.

Despite his troubles, Niang, who has scored three goals in four Ligue 1 outings, has been included in Montpellier's matchday squad for Saturday's home game against Evian.

"I don't usually get involved in things and talk about them until I know all the ins and outs of a story," Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis told the French media.

"Niang is 19. He's continuing, or just starting, his education. It's a very important period for the future success of a footballer, and it's also a period which is sometimes neglected. He is lucky to have an exceptional family around him, I met them two days ago. He's also had the good fortune to have been picked up by Montpellier."

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