Football star Robinho bags 9 years in Jail for Sexual Assault

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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.

However, Robinho, who now plays for Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league, has the opportunity to appeal the verdict under Italian law.

The forward, who has been capped 100 times by Brazil, returned to his home country a year ago to join Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande.

"I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident".

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.

Under the Italian law, the forward will not be sent to prison until the appeals process is finalised, which could take years.

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According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere.

That sparkling form led him to Real Madrid, where he starred for three seasons before earning a lucrative move to Manchester City in 2008.

"All legal provisions are being taken on this first decision".

He would spend five years in Italy before moving to China with Guangzhou Evergande and then onto Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

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