Tuesday 25 July 2017

Faustino Asprilla recovers £44k horse after lending it to friend who got drunk and gave it away

Horsing about: Faustino Asprilla has got his prized horse Luca back Photo: YOUTUBE
Horsing about: Faustino Asprilla has got his prized horse Luca back Photo: YOUTUBE

Former Colombia striker Faustino Asprilla has recovered a £44,000 show horse that he lent to a friend who gave it away while drunk at a local fair.

Valle del Cauca regional police chief Fernando Murillo said the horse named Lucas, which had been missing since April 17, was found in a stable in the local town of Florida.

"It had been left there by some people we are now seeking," the Bogota daily El Espectador has quoted Murillo as saying.

"What really happened was that 'Tino' lent the horse to a friend who, in a drunken state, had given it away to two young men."

Former Parma and Newcastle United striker Asprilla, who had offered a 5 million Colombian pesos (£1,090) reward for the horse's recovery, allowed his friend to ride it at the Buga Fair parade.

The parade was attended by some 2,500 riders and ended with a party.

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