Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison over sex assault

Robinho Handed Nine-year Term For Rape

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.

According to a report by Sky Sports, the 33-year-old star is now in Brazil, playing for Atletico Mineiro.

Prosecutors had requested jail terms of 10 years, reported the ANSA news agency, and one of Robinho's alleged friends, Ricardo Falco, another Brazilian, was sentenced to nine years.

A statement posted on his Instagram from his legal team said: "Regarding the news involving the striker Robinho, in an incident that occurred several years ago, we wish to clarify that he already declared his innocence and maintained he had no involvement whatsoever".

The erstwhile Brazil global was found guilty assaulting a 22-year-old woman along with five other men at a disco in Milan in 2013, when he played for AC Milan.

He has a right to two appeals and Italy would only launch extradition proceedings once this legal process is exhausted, a legal source said.

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"All legal steps are already being taken regarding this decision in the first instance". Five other men have also been found guilty of the offence.

Robinho has won 100 caps for Brazil, scoring 28 goals.

He would spend five years in Italy before moving to China with Guangzhou Evergande and then onto Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

His time in England, though, was not as successful and he was later moved on to the San Siro for less than half of City's initial outlay, making them just £15m when he departed.

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

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