Football star Robinho bags 9 years in Jail for Sexual Assault

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

Former Brazilian forward Robinho who played for Europe giants such as Manchester City, AC Milan has been sentenced to nine years for sexual assault in 2013 in a Milan night club.

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

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman.

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

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

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

He now has the right to appeal, with the sentence not enforced until the completion of this process. Even if the former Milan player loses the appeal, he would still have to extradited to serve prison time in Italy. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

A statement posted on his official Instagram account also says: "'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. 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 moved to Europe amid much hype in 2005 when he joined Real Madrid from Santos - but he only showed his talent intermittently.

He then went on loan to Brazilian side Santos, before joining Milan. After a brief stay at Chinese team, Guangzhou Evergrande, he joined Atletico Mineiro past year.




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