Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

Image    The Brazilian played for Milan from 2010 to 2015
Image The Brazilian played for Milan from 2010 to 2015

24 November, 2017

"I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident".

Former Manchester City and Brazil star striker, Robinho has been sentenced to 9 years in jail for sexual assault, according to a report by Sky News.

"All legal steps are already being taken regarding this decision in the first instance".

An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying her with alcohol in a nightclub.

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City star Robinho is now playing in his homeland for Atletico Mineiro.

Robinho was also accused of sexual assault in London in 2009 while at Manchester City but was cleared of any wrongdoing. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said. However, Brazil does not allow for the extradition of its own citizens, meaning he would only risk arrest and deportation if he was stopped in a third country.

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In 2014, Robinho issued a statement through lawyers denying the allegations.

Robinho moved to Europe amid much hype in 2005 when he joined Real Madrid from Santos.

Robinho joined City from Real Madrid for £32.5million in 2008 but struggled to adapt to Premier League football.

Robino played at AC Milan later after 16 months where he won the Serie A title with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano.

He would spend five years in Italy before moving to China with Guangzhou Evergande and then onto Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

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