An Italian court has condemned in absentia former Manchester City and Brazil striker Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison after convicting him for participating in a group rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.
A court in Milan ruled that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 years old at the time, after putting her to bed with alcohol in a nightclub. The whereabouts of Robinho’s five companions are unknown, so his trial has been suspended.
Robinho, 33, who played for Milan between 2010 and 2015 and currently meets Atlético Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty through his lawyer and did not appear at any of the hearings in northern Italy.
“We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, stating that he did not participate in the episode,” said a statement posted on Robinho’s Instagram account. “All legal measures are being taken.”
Robinho is entitled to two appeals and Italy will seek extradition only once this legal process is exhausted, a source said. However, Brazil does not allow the extradition of its own citizens, which means that it runs the risk of being arrested and deported only if it is detained in a third country.
Robinho’s sentence will be suspended until the appeal process is completed.
The Milan court ordered the victim to receive 60,000 euros ($ 71,000) as compensation for his suffering.
Robinho has won 100 international matches with Brazil, scoring 28 goals. He began his career in Santos, where he starred in a team that won the league in 2002 and 2004. His performances earned him a pass to Real Madrid in 2005, but he was only three years before moving to the city in a British record of £ 32.5. m transfer.