Robinho sentenced to nine years for 2013 sexual assault

A statement on his Instagram page on Thursday night said that he had "already defended himself against the charges, maintaining that he played no part in the incident".

Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after being found guilty of sexual assault, according to reports in Italy.

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

He is said to have attacked a 22-year-old Albanian woman along with five other men.

According to a report by Sky Sports, the 33-year-old star is now in Brazil, playing for Atletico Mineiro.

Under Italian law he won't be sentenced until the appeals process has been finalised - which could take years.

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

Robinho, 33, started his career with Santos, and as a teenager helped the Peixe to their first Serie A title for 20 years.

Robinho became the most expensive player in British football when he joined Manchester City from Real Madrid for £32.5m in 2008.

He then went on loan to Santos before eventually joining Milan.

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


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