Robinho sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault

Robinho sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault

Robinho sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault

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

A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil global Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA.

Robinho has protested his innocence and announced he will appeal after reportedly being sentenced to nine years in prison for rape.

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

Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an global player for Brazil, also having become the Premier League's most expensive star when he signed for Man City in 2008 for £32.5m.

Robinho spent two seasons at Manchester City
GETTYRobinho spent two seasons at Manchester City

'All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision'. 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.

He has a right to two appeals and Italy would only launch extradition proceedings once this legal process is exhausted, a legal source said.

He then joined Manchester City in the English Premier League and moved to AC Milan in 2010, spending five years under contract with the Serie A club.

He spent just one season in China before moving back to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

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

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