Robinho protests his innocence amid prison reports

Robinho protests his innocence amid prison reports

Robinho protests his innocence amid prison reports

Former Manchester City and Brazil star striker, Robinho has been sentenced to 9 years in jail for sexual assault, according to a report by Sky News.

Brazilian forward Robinho during his time with Milan in 2013.

Because of that, the verdict is effectively put on hold until the appeals process is completed and no sentence will be enforced until then.

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

Robinho is now in Brazil playing for Atletico Mineiro.

If he loses the appeal he would could be extradited to serve prison time in Italy. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

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A statement on Robinho's Instagram page on Thursday night said that he had "already defended himself against the charges, maintaining that he played no part in the incident". 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.

Manchester City bought Robinho for £32.5m in 2008.

However, he struggled to adapt to the Premier League and was sold to AC Milan for just £15m two years later after a loan spell at his hometown club Santos.

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.

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared.

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