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Onazi's teammate cheats death

21 October 2014, 12:17

ROME - Ogenyi Onazi's teammate at Lazio, forward Keita Balde walked away from a high-speed car crash which caused extensive damage to a 180 000 euro Lamborghini he had no right to rent, according to reports Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Spaniard was travelling at "120 km/h or more" according to Corriere dello Sport when he lost control in Rome in the early hours of Monday morning.

While the yellow Lamborghini -- a 550 bhp (brake horse power) supermachine with a top speed of 320 km/h -- suffered extensive damage to its front end after hitting three crash barriers, a "petrified" Balde escaped injury-free.

According to the report Keita had attended a concert by American rap artist Snoop Dog on Sunday evening with several Lazio teammates and there are conflicting reports over whether alcohol was involved.

Also read: Lazio threatens legal action over Onazi’s team-mate

Keita, born in Spain to Senegalese parents who are Muslim, had rented the Lamborghini for a week with a view to purchasing it, said the report.

But having only obtained his driving licence in November 2013, his rental of the car was illegal. In Italy, newly-qualified drivers are restricted to driving cars with limited engine power.

One media report claimed the results from a breathalyser test "were under the legal limit". His agent, Ulisse Savini, however rejected any suggestion the player had consumed alcohol: "The breathalyser test was negative."

Damage to the car was estimated to be in the region of 50-60,000 euros, said the report.

Keita also risks having his driving licence suspended for between two and eight months.

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