Sunday 18 August 2019

Former Manchester City forward Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

Robinho of Atletico MG reacts during a match between Vasco da Gama and Atletico MG as part of Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Sao Januario Stadium on November 15, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Robinho of Atletico MG reacts during a match between Vasco da Gama and Atletico MG as part of Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Sao Januario Stadium on November 15, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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

A Milan court ruled that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a discotheque. The whereabouts of Robinho's five companions is not known, with the trial currently on hold.

Robinho, 33, who now plays for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.

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

The Milan court ordered the victim to receive € 60,000 as compensation.

Robinho maintains his innocence in the case. The player’s agent and lawyer, Marisa Alija Ramos, told the Daily Mail: “I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident.

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

The incident occurred when the 33-year-old was a player at AC Milan, having joined the club in 2010.

Prior to that, Robinho spent two years at Manchester City between 2008 and 2010 where he made 41 Premier League appearances, scoring 14 domestic goals for the club.

He first made his name at Brazilian side Santos before moving to Real Madrid in 2005 as a ‘Galactico’.

The forward, capped 100 times by his country, returned to his home country in 2016 to join Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande.

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