AC Milan forward given 18-month suspended prison service

M'baye Niang

French forward M'Baye Niang has been given a 18-month suspended prison service for dangerous and wreckless driving at the start of February.

France Under-21 and AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang, currently on loan at Montpellier, has been given an 18-month suspended prison sentence after being involved in a car crash at the start of February.

The 19-year-old forward had left a restaurant near the Montpellier training ground, his red Ferrari was then seen to be travelling over the speed limit, swerving in and out of traffic, hitting seven different cars in the process.

His journey ended when his car hit a tree on the side of the road. Niang then fled the scene of the crime because he doesn't have a driving license due to incidents in Milan and Caen.

The forward told the court that he was shocked and panicked when he fled. "I'm sorry, it was stupid." he told the judge.

Victims that were involved with the crash came forward to tell the judge their story. One woman said she suffers from panic attacks whenever she is out driving since Niang collided with her car.

The plaintiff Mr Lafont made the case that, "There could have been 10 deaths. It is not an accident, it is an assault, he was lucky."

He also made the point that normal drivers would have stopped after hitting one car, but Niang continued at high speed, hitting other cars in the process. Niang's lawyer pleaded that it was "not madness but stupidity". Explaining how his client realises what he has done and fully regrets his actions.

Ironically it was 90 minutes after the hearing started when the Criminal Court had made its verdict. Sentencing Niang to an 18 month suspended service, cancelling his driving license for three years, and 170 hours of community service that must be completed by August. The player will also have to pay €700 of fines, plus another €12,700 in damages and interest.

Niang moved to Montpellier on loan in January, he has scored three league goals in six starts, helping Montpellier move away from the relegation zone. Montpellier and Milan officials will hope that his behaviour off the field can start to match his excellent performances on it.

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