Robinho sentenced to 9 years in prison over sexual assault

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

FORMER AC MILAN and Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman in 2013.

However, Robinho, who now plays for Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league, has the opportunity to appeal the verdict under Italian law.

Reports in Italy claim the former Manchester City and Real Madrid star, along with five others, was implicated for an attack on an Albanian girl in a Milan nightclub in January 2013.

Agent and lawyer Marisa Alija Ramos posted on Instagram to state Robinho denies the charges after pleading not guilty on behalf of her client, who did not attend the court hearings in northern Italy.

'I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

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It added that "all legal steps" were "already being taken regarding this decision".

Because of that, the verdict is effectively put on hold until the appeals process is completed and no sentence will be enforced until then.

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

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, is now in Brazil, where he plays for Atletico Mineiro.

As Robinho is a Brazilian national now residing in his home country, however, he is highly unlikely to face jail time for his offences.

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