Footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years for rape


Former Manchester City star Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for rape.

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, is now in his native Brazil, where he plays for Atletico Mineiro, which are based in Belo Horizonte.

The court also sentenced one of Roubinho's friends, Ricardo Falco, another Brazilian, to nine years.

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 has a right to two appeals and Italy would only seek extradition once this legal process is exhausted, a source said. The whereabouts of Robinho's five companions is not known, so their trial has been put on hold.

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

Robinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City

Robinho's lawyer, Marisa Alija, issued a statement saying that "We clarify that he has already defended himself from these allegations, and insist he had no participation in that episode".

He has been capped 100 times by Brazil, scoring 28 goals.

He then had spells at his first club Santos again, AC Milan, Guangzhou Evergrande before he joined Atletico Mineiro.

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

Robinho moved to Europe amid much hype in 2005 when he joined Real Madrid from Santos - but he only showed his talent intermittently.

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault during his City days, but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

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