Robinho sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

Brazilian footballer Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

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

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. But the verdict is still on hold as the Italian justice system allows for several levels of appeal and wont make the sentence effective until after such proceedings - if he is still deemed to be culpable. Even if the former Milan player loses the appeal, he would still have to extradited to serve prison time in Italy.

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.

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

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However, Marisa Alija Ramos, Robinho's agent and lawyer, insisted that the former Real Madrid and Manchester City star is innocent.

Manchester City bought Robinho for £32.5m in 2008.

He then went on loan to Brazilian side Santos, before joining Milan.

He's been with Atletico Mineiro since February of past year.

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