Mario Balotelli staggered from £100,000 Audi crash ‘then refused breath test’

The former Manchester City striker reportedly refused a breathalyser test at the scene of the crash in his hometown in Italy.

Mario Balotelli staggered from £100,000 Audi crash ‘then refused breath test’
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The 33-year-old reportedly refused to be breathalysed at the scene (Picture: Alamy Live)

Italian striker Mario Balotelli is recovering from a serious car crash in his hometown of Orzinuovi.

The 33-year-old former Manchester City star, who now plays for Turkish club Adana Demirspor, lost control of his Audi Q8 and hit a wall at around 8.30pm, according to local media.

The force of the crash was enough to wreck the £100,000 car, which was left missing a wheel and with a large hole in the undercarriage.

Balotelli was reportedly seen climbing out of the vehicle and staggering across the street.

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His Audi was badly wrecked in the collision, which also broke a concrete barrier (Picture: Alamy)

He was pictured lying on the street while emergency services attended to him, though he got up on his feet shortly afterwards.

Sky Sports Italia reported that the footballer refused a police breathalyser test at the scene, resulting in his driving licence being confiscated.

The 33-year-old was allowed to return home to recover from what are believed to be minor injuries.

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The footballer was seen lying on the ground after climbing from the wreckage (Picture: Sky News Italy)

His brother, Enock Barwuah, collected him from the scene on the way home from training with his local team, MailOnline reported.

Balotelli was previously involved in a car crash in Manchester in 2010, shortly after joining City, which did not result in any arrests.

His Audi R8 collided with a BMW, after which he was found to have £5,000 in cash on his person.

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Paramedics were seen attending to the footballer after he got to his feet
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Balotelli is currently on a one-year contract with Adana Demirspor (Picture: Getty)

Asked why he was carrying so much cash, he reportedly replied: ‘Because I am rich.’

Authorities did not immediately confirm whether Balotelli faces any legal proceedings in relation to the incident in Orzinuovi, northern Italy.

Metro.co.uk has approached a representative of the star for comment.

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