Footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years for rape

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"All legal provisions are being taken on this first decision".

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.

ANSA reported that five other men were also accused of sexually assaulting an Albanian woman and that another member of the group, Ricardo Falco, was also sentenced to nine years in jail.

The Brazilian, now 33, is currently playing in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro. The married forward along with five other men have been charged.

BC-SOC-Brazil-Robinho Sentenced, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 229 Robinho denies sexual assault after 9-year jail sentenceAP Photo LON178Eds: Adds photo link. However, 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.

He however has the right of appeal and until the process is followed, the sentence can not take effect.

Robinho joined City from Real Madrid for £32.5million in 2008 but struggled to adapt to Premier League football.

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

At the end of the season, he moved to AC Milan where he was joined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and later Antonio Cassano en route to winning Serie A. He is now with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January.

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