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

A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA.

The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a 22-year-old woman at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013.

Robinho played for Milan between 2010 and 2015. He is currently with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January.

As Robinho is a Brazilian national currently residing in his home country, however, he is highly unlikely to face jail time for his offences.

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.

Robinho’s current club, Atletico Mineiro, declined to comment on the sentence, stating they would only speak through the team’s lawyers if necessary.

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