Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison on account of accusations that he took part in a sexual assault on a woman in Milan in 2013.
Robinho and five other Brazilians are said to have assaulted an Albanian woman, 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a nightclub in Milan. The 33-year-old’s lawyer denied the charges and is preparing an appeal against the court’s decision.
News agency ANSA reports that Robinho was not in court but his lawyer pleaded innocence.
“We clarify that he has already defended himself from these allegations, and insist he had no participation in that episode.”, Robinho’s lawyer Marisa Alija said.
Robinho himself denied the accusations in the most recent Instagram post where he explained ‘all legal measures are being taken’ to prove his innocence.
Reports also claim other four men had not been found by Italian police. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.
Robinho’s nine-year prison sentence will be put on hold until the appeal process is completed.
Brazilian forward Robinho currently plays for Atletico Mineiro in his native Brazil.
The 33-year-old former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AAC Milan star had a brief spell in Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015, whereas he also represented his boyhood club Santos on three occasions.