Brazil Star Robinho Sentenced 9 Years in Prison for Rape
Brazil forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of gang rape.
The former AC Milan and Brazil forward is one of a group of six convicted of the assault of an Albanian girl in a Milan night club on January 22, 2013.
A Milan court ruled Thursday that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a discotheque.
The court ordered that the victim receive 60 000 euros ($71 000) as compensation for her suffering.
Robinho, 33, who currently plays with Atletico Mineiro in his native Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and vowed to challenge the ruling.
A statement posted on his Instagram from his legal team said: “Regarding the news involving the striker Robinho, in an incident that occurred several years ago, we wish to clarify that he already declared his innocence and maintained he had no involvement whatsoever.”
“We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode.
“All legal measures are being taken.”
Robinho has a right to two appeals and Italy would only seek extradition once this legal process is exhausted.
But Brazil does not allow for the extradition of its own citizens, meaning he would only risk arrest and deportation if he was stopped in a third country.
Described as the new Pele, Robinho began his career at Santos, where he starred in a side that won the league in 2002 and 2004 before sealing a big money move to Real Madrid in 2005.
He however failed to live up to the billing at the Spanish capital, and has spent the last decade bouncing between clubs in England, Italy, China and Brazil.
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