Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

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

Brazilian footballer Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

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 33-year-old, who is now back playing football in Brazil, denied assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a Milan disco. He however has the right of appeal and until the process is followed, the sentence can not take effect.

If he loses the appeal he would could be extradited to serve prison time in Italy.

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The Brazilian star had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared of the charges.

In 2014, Robinho issued a statement through lawyers denying the allegations.

Robinho began his career with Santos before leaving Brazil in 2005 for a three-year spell with Madrid.

Robinho, who has 100 caps for Brazil, joined Manchester City from Real Madrid in 2008 but failed to live up to expectations at City and left the club for Milan after one and a half seasons.

Robino played at AC Milan later after 16 months where he won the Serie A title with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano. He is now with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January.


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