Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

Robinho sentenced to 9 years in prison over sexual assault

Former AC Milan, Manchester City forward Robinho senteced to nine years for sexual assault

A statement has been issued on his Instagram profile, from his lawyers, denying he was involved.

Robinho, 33, who now plays with Atlético Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and did not appear at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.

Former Milan and Manchester City striker Robinho has been found guilty of rape in a Milanese disco in 2013 and given a nine-year sentence.

Five other men were also found guilty along with the player, who now represents Atlético Mineiro.

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"I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident".

Robinho was found guilty of assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a nightclub in Milan in 2013, when he played for AC Milan.

The Italian court process allows for multiple appeals and it was reported that his sentence will be put on hold until the process has run its course.

Former Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault.

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"Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling".

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

He broke the British transfer record in 2008 when Man City lured him from Real Madrid for £32 million (A$40 million).

A lack of discipline, however, began to dog Robinho, and he was soon returning to Santos before a spell in Italy where the assault took place.

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

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