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SOCCER KINKY CRASHES HIS pounds 50K FERRARI; City star escapes with bruises.

Soccer star Georgi Kinkladze was rushed to hospital last night after a pile-up in his 150mph supercar.

The pounds 10million-rated Manchester City midfielder had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of his bright red pounds 50,000 Ferrari 355.

He was treated for shock, cuts to his back and bruising before being discharged.

His passenger, 26-year-old Ian Ogden, was also given a check-up and X- rays.

Relieved club officials said later that Kinkladze's injuries were not "career threatening".

City manager Frank Clark and the club's physio rushed to Manchester's Wythenshawe Hospital to check on the 23-year-old ace.

The Georgian international was due to play in City's 13th game of the season against Crewe tonight.

Police were later investigating the crash, which happened off the M56 in Cheshire close to its junction with the A538 near Hale Barnes, Altrincham. After the smash Kinkladze's badly damaged car lay on the side of the road. Every window was smashed, the passenger side was crumpled beyond recognition and the roof jack-knifed upwards.

Police said the car was leaving a roundabout when it appeared to go out of control.

It swerved from the outside lane to the nearside lane and smashed into a signpost, then ricocheted off and ploughed into motorway bridge supports.

Kinkladze left hospital by a side entrance and was driven away by team coach Roy Bailey.

Tony Wright, hospital duty manager, said: "Mr Kinkladze was knocked about quite badly.

"He was given X-rays and treatment to his lower back.

"I spoke to him briefly and he seemed deeply shocked, which is what you would expect."
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Author:White, Stephen
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 29, 1997
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