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Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

24 November, 2017, 01:45 | Author: John Swanson
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Former Brazilian forward Robinho who played for Europe giants such as Manchester City, AC Milan has been sentenced to nine years for sexual assault in 2013 in a Milan night club.

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.

Robinho has protested his innocence and announced he will appeal after reportedly being sentenced to nine years in prison for rape.

"With regards to the news involving the forward Robinho, regarding something that happened some years ago, we would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the allegation, affirming that he was not involved in the incident", the statement read. "All legal provisions are being taken on this first decision".

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Robinho at his wedding with Vivian Guglielmetti Junits in 2009.

Robinho has won 100 caps for Brazil, scoring 28 goals.

The star, meanwhile, issued a statement on Instagram denying his involvement.

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He played more than 40 games for Manchester City between 2008 and 2010 after signing from Real Madrid for £32.5m.

The incident, which the player has insisted he played no part in, occurred when the 33-year-old was at AC Milan following his departure from the Etihad in 2010.

The attacker did go on to win the Serie A title with the Italian side, teaming up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano to conquer the division.

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