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Former Brazil international, Robinho, was Thursday sentenced to 9-years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a lady in an Italian night club back in 2013.

Guilty or not Guilty?

The 33-year-old forward who currently plays with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.

The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward was sentenced by the Italian court in absentia after convicting him of taking part in gang raping of an Albanian woman in 2013.

The court ruled that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a discotheque.

The whereabouts of Robinho’s five companions is not known, so their trial has been put on hold.

Robinho’s reaction

“We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode,” said a statement posted on Robinho’s Instagram feed. “All legal measures are being taken.”

What happens next…

Robinho has a right to two appeals and Italy would only seek extradition once this legal process is exhausted, a legal source said.

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.

The Milan court ordered the victim receive 60,000 euros (USD 71,000) as compensation for her suffering.

Robinho’s career

Robinho has won 100 caps for Brazil, scoring 28 goals.

He began his career at Santos, where he starred in a side that won the league in 2002 and 2004.

His dazzling performances won him a move to Real Madrid in 2005 but he stayed only three years at the Spanish giants before spending almost a decade bouncing between clubs in England, Italy, China and Brazil.

Author: Yemi Olarinre