Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Former Manchester City star Robinho given nine year sentence over sex assault

Former Manchester City star Robinho given nine year sentence over sex assault

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault.

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".

The sentence relates to an alleged incident of group sexual assault on a 22-year-old woman involving five other men who were at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013, during the 33-year-old's time playing for AC Milan in Serie A.

Robinho, 33, who now plays with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy. But the verdict is still on hold as the Italian justice system allows for several levels of appeal and wont make the sentence effective until after such proceedings - if he is still deemed to be culpable.

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

According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere.

Robinho moved to Europe amid much hype in 2005 when he joined Real Madrid from Santos.

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

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