Ever since he broke through as a talented and eye-catching 16-year-old, things haven’t quite gone to plan for former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target M’Baye Niang. His latest escapade saw the now 19-year-old crash his Ferrari 458 Spider into seven cars before hitting a tree and escaping without serious injuries.
Niang has “expressed a sense of shame”, said the player’s lawyer when questioned on Thursday night. The player will have to appear in court on the 24th of February and could, if found guilty, serve up to five years in jail. Niang didn’t make any comments when he left the courthouse at around 18:30 on Thursday evening, but this is the latest incident that could stop the talented youngster ever fulfilling his massive potential.
The €2 million supercar was seen zig-zagging across the lanes; it then collided with seven different vehicles before a tree stopped the supercar in its tracks. The accident left four drivers slightly concussed, but luckily no one was seriously injured.
Niang was not at the scene of the accident when the police arrive, but several eye-witnesses positively identified the AC Milan striker when questioned. The striker had fled the scene of the crime due to the fact he had already lost his driving license for a speeding violation while at SM Caen.
This is now the third driving incident that Niang has found himself involved it. Just after joining the Milan club, he was caught speeding by Italian traffic police without a valid license, he then told the officers that it was teammate Bakaye Traore that was behind the wheel.
Sadly it seems that it is now Niang’s career that is spinning out of control, and it will take more than a good lawyer to get the 19-year-old out of this mess.
"From the beginning of this hearing, he has acknowledged everything. He recognises his mistake, he has expressed regret and shame," said his lawyer, Abratkiewicz. "He said he panicked
"He said he lost control of his car. It became a movie, now he realizes that he was not in a video game, says Mr. Abratkiewicz. He promised that it would not happen again. "
After failing to score during his two seasons in Milan, a loan move to Montpellier had seemed to have guided the young striker back on the right track. Scoring on his debut in the Coupe de France, the AC Milan striker has found the net four times in six games. His goals have helped Montpellier climb away from the relegation zone, and Rolland Courbis was quick to defend the forward:
"He is going to continue learning about life and he made a mistake. But he is only 19 years old, you must take into consideration", said the coach of the Montpellier.
Mbaye Niang will be prosecuted for two separate offences: unintentional injuries and endangering the lives of others, then driving with a cancelled driving licence. If Niang is found guilty the maximum penalty would be five years in prison and a fine of € 75,000.