Вторник, 12 Декабря, 2017

Footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years for rape

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison Former AC Milan, Manchester City forward Robinho senteced to nine years for sexual assault
Heather Davidson | 24 Ноября, 2017, 01:21

The forward, 33, has reportedly been found guilty of sexual assault while at a Milan disco on January 22, 2013.

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

He is now based in Brazil, playing for the Atletico Mineiro.

The forward, who has been capped 100 times by Brazil, returned to his home country previous year to join Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande.

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".

The Brazilian star had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared of the charges.

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

A Milan court ruled that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a discotheque.

He would spend five years in Italy before moving to China with Guangzhou Evergande and then onto Atletico Mineiro in 2016. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

The complex nature of the Italian judicial system means that there are various appeal processes available to Robinho and his legal team so it may take a while before any sentence is carried through. He has 100 worldwide caps for his country.

The forward sent shockwaves through the world of football when he made a sensational £32.5million deadline day move to Manchester City in September 2008.

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