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Robinho Handed 9-Year Jail Term For Sexual Assault

Robinho Handed 9-Year Jail Term For Sexual Assault

Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an global player for Brazil, also having become the Premier League's most expensive star when he signed for Man City in 2008 for £32.5m.

Former Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault, according to Sky Italia.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman.

Brazilian forward Robinho during his time with Milan in 2013.

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". In line with Italian law, Robinho has the right to various avenues of appeal before the sentence is confirmed. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

"Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling".

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

He now plies his trade back in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro.

Robinho played more than 40 games for Manchester City between 2008 and 2010, scoring 14 domestic goals for the club, after signing from Real Madrid.