Footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years for rape

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

"We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode", said a statement posted on Robinho's Instagram feed.

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.

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in jail by a court in Milan on charges of sexual assault following an incident in 2013, Italian news agency ANSA reported Thursday.

Robinho played for Milan between 2010 and 2015. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries. But the verdict is still on hold as the Italian justice system allows for several levels of appeal and wont make the sentence effective until after such proceedings - if he is still deemed to be culpable.

He now plies his trade back in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro.


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

He has made 100 global appearances for Brazil.

He had formerly played for Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Santos.

Camera IconRobinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City.

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