Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault
24 November, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Melinda Barton
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Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy yesterday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.
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.
Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an worldwide 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 was also accused of sexual assault in London in 2009 while at Manchester City but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The Italian court process allows for multiple appeals and it was reported that his sentence will be put on hold until the process has run its course. The married forward along with five other men have been charged.
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. After a brief stay at Chinese team, Guangzhou Evergrande, he joined Atletico Mineiro previous year.
After a bright start to life in England, he soon started to struggle and was eventually sent out on loan to former club Santos after just 16 months.
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