Robinho protests his innocence amid prison reports

Hope Soto
November 24, 2017

A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil global Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA.

"All legal provisions are being taken on this first 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, who now plays for Atletico Mineiro in his homeland, played for AC Milan from 2010 to 2015. He however has the right of appeal and until the process is followed, the sentence can not take effect.

Former Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

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A statement on the Brazilian's Instagram feed read: "We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode".

According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere.

Manchester City bought Robinho for £32.5m in 2008.

However, he failed to live up to expectations at City and left the club after one and a half seasons, joining Santos on loan before making a permanent move to Milan. He is now with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January.

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