ITALIAN football has been plunged into mourning after a teenage prodigy died following a road accident.
Anwar Megbli, who played for Livorno, passed away in hospital on Monday after the tragic incident on Saturday night.
The striker, 18, had been riding on the back of a pal's moped when it was in collision with a car.
A helicopter took him to Pisa's Cisanello hospital, but medics were unable to save the teenager.
Megbli's friend is recovering in hospital.
Prosecutors have opened an enquiry into the car driver, 30.
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Serie D outfit US Livorno 1915, who last played in Serie A back in 2014, original paid tribute to Megbli on social media.
The Tuscany club wrote about the footballer: "No, one can't just die at the age of 18.
"Today Anwar Megbli lost his life following a tragic road accident on Saturday night.
"He was an 18-year-old striker in US Livorno's junior side, and he was included in the senior squad several times during the current season.
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"Everyone at the club sends their deepest condolences to his family in this moment of profound sorrow.
"Farewell, champ. You will always be one of us."
Megbli's former club USD Castiglioncello, who are also based in Italy, also expressed their condolences.
They published a picture of the forward celebrating after a game with his teammates, writing: "We want to remember you this way, celebrating a derby win thanks to your fantastic left foot."
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