Robinho sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault

Lucy Hill
November 24, 2017

It added: "All legal steps are now being taken with regards to this decision by a court of first instance".

An Italian court sentenced former Manchester City and AC Milan forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.

The sentence relates to an alleged incident of group sexual assault on a 22-year-old woman involving five other men who were at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013, during the 33-year-old's time playing for AC Milan in Serie A. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, is now in his native Brazil, where he plays for Atletico Mineiro, which are based in Belo Horizonte.

The Brazilian has the right of appeal and the sentence will not be enforced until that process has been completed, according to Sky Sports.

If he loses the appeal he would could be extradited to serve prison time in Italy. Robinho joined Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande a year ago.

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A statement has been issued on his Instagram profile, from his lawyers, denying he was involved.

Robinho began his career with Santos before leaving Brazil in 2005 for a three-year spell with Madrid.

Manchester City bought Robinho for £32.5m in 2008.

However, he failed to live up to expectations at City and left the club after one and a half seasons, joining Santos on loan before making a permanent move to Milan.

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared.

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