Former Manchester City star Robinho given nine year sentence over sex assault

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after being found guilty of sexual assault, according to reports in Italy.

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

The alleged act took place during the Brazilian's stint with Milan in 2013, with a then 22-year-old Albanian woman accusing him, along with five other men, of indecently assaulting her at a night club.

Robinho is now in Brazil playing for Atletico Mineiro.

Robinho's sentence will be put on hold until the appeals process is completed. Even if the former Milan player loses the appeal, he would still have to extradited to serve prison time in Italy.

The Brazilian star had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared of the charges. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

A statement has been issued on his Instagram profile, from his lawyers, denying he was involved.

After a short stint at China Robinho moved to Belo Horizonte, where he has become a key part of Atletico's first team over the past two seasons alongside fellow City old boy Jo.

Robino played at AC Milan later after 16 months where he won the Serie A title with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano. Robinho joined Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande a year ago.

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