Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

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Former Manchester City striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for the sexual assault of a woman in 2013.

The 33-year-old, who is now back playing football in Brazil, denied assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a Milan disco.

A statement posted on his official Instagram account also says: "'We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode", said a statement posted on Robinho's Instagram feed.

The 33-year old was found guilty of assaulting a 22-year old lady he met in a Milan bar along with 5 other men when he still played for AC Milan in 2013.

Under Italian law he won't be sentenced until the appeals process has been finalised - which could take years.

India Tv- A file image of Robinho during his time at Manchester City
A file image of Robinho during his time at Manchester City

"All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision". Even if the former Milan player loses the appeal, he would still have to extradited to serve prison time in Italy. The trials of the other five men have been put on hold as their whereabouts is not known.

Robinho at his wedding with Vivian Guglielmetti Junits in 2009. He has 100 Brazil caps and 28 goals for his country.

He first made his name at Brazilian side Santos before moving to Real Madrid in 2005 as a "Galactico".

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

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault during his City days, but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

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