Robinho sentenced to 9 years in prison over sexual assault

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.

He was playing for AC Milan at the time and a tribunal today reportedly ruled he was found guilty with five other men of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman.

The Brazilian, now 33, is currently playing in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro.

Prosecutors had requested jail terms of 10 years.

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

If he loses the appeal he would could be extradited to serve prison time in Italy.

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault during his City days, but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

Robinho released a statement on his Instagram page stating that he had "already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode" and that "all legal measures are being taken".

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

Robinho played over 40 games for Manchester City between 2008 and 2010 after signing from Real Madrid.

The attacker did go on to win the Serie A title with the Italian side, teaming up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano to conquer the division.

  • Angelo Rivera