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

24 November, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

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

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Now playing for Atletico Mineiro in his native Brazil, Robinho's lawyer said in a statement that the 33-year-old Robinho denied the charges and will appeal the court's decision.

Under the Italian law, the forward will not be sent to prison until the appeals process is finalised, which could take years. The married forward along with five other men have been charged.

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault during his City days, but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

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A statement on Robinho's Instagram page on Thursday night said that he had "already defended himself against the charges, maintaining that he played no part in the incident".

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

However, Marisa Alija Ramos, Robinho's agent and lawyer, insisted that the former Real Madrid and Manchester City star is innocent.

Camera IconRobinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City.

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

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