Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

Brazilian former professional footballer Robson de Souza also known as Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a gang rape

Robinho, 33, who now plays with Atlético Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and did not appear at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.

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The forward, who has been capped 100 times by Brazil, returned to his home country previous year 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.

"All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision".

According to Italian wire service ANSA, the 33-year-old Brazilian, who now plays for Atletico Mineiro in his native country, was convicted, along with five others, of gang-raping a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a Milan nightclub in January 2013.

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Prosecutors had requested jail terms of 10 years, reported the ANSA news agency, and one of Robinho's alleged friends, Ricardo Falco, another Brazilian, was sentenced to nine years. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

He has been capped 100 times by Brazil, scoring 28 goals.

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

He is now back in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro.

Robinho joined City from Real Madrid for £32.5million in 2008 but struggled to adapt to Premier League football.

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