Robinho Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault

Robinho found guilty of 2013 sexual assault, sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Robinho Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

Former Brazil forward has been found guilty of sexual assault.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court on Thursday (Nov 23).

Robinho was found guilty of assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a nightclub in Milan in 2013, when he played for AC Milan. Five other men have also been found guilty of the offence.

Robinho, who now plays for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, and a friend have also been ordered to pay the victim €60,000 ($71,097), according to La Stampa.

The outlet reports that the two men, along with a group of four other people who have not been identified and therefore have not been sentenced, got a woman drunk and assaulted her at a Milan nightclub in January 2013.

The forward, who left AC Milan in 2015 after five years, was not in court but pleaded not guilty via his lawyer.

The Italian justice system permits several levels of appeal. According to reports, the verdict is placed on hold until all have been exhausted.

Robinho denied any wrongdoing at the time of the allegations, and his lawyer, Marisa Alija, reiterated on Thursday that the player had no involvement in the incident and has already made legal arrangements to fight the decision.

“Concerning the case involving the forward Robinho, in an incident that occurred some years ago, I want to make clear that my client has already defended himself from these accusations, affirming that he did not have any participation in this episode,” she told ESPN Brasil.

“All the legal measures are being taken regarding this initial decision.”

Brazil does not extradite its citizens.

In 2009, Robinho, who was with Manchester City at the time, was arrested but did not face charges for what West Yorkshire Police called “a report of a serious sexual assault that occurred at a nightclub in Leeds.”

Robinho became the most expensive player in British football when he joined Manchester City from Real Madrid for £32.5m in 2008.

However, he struggled to adapt to the Premier League and was sold to AC Milan for just £15m two years later after a loan spell at his hometown club Santos.

Robinho spent four seasons at the San Siro, during which the offence took place, before moving to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015.

He spent just one season in China before moving back to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

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