Italian justice confirms Robinho’s 9-year sentence for rape


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Italian justice confirms Robinho's 9-year sentence for rape

Apart from the investigation in Italy, Robinho was also singled out in England after his stint in the Premier League

The Milan Court of Appeal confirmed this Thursday the sentence to nine years in prison to the Brazilian soccer player Robson de Souza “Robinho” for participating in a gang rape of a young woman in a nightclub in Milan in 2013, the Italian media report.

Robinho, former Real Madrid or Manchester City player, played in the Milan in that season and participated with a friend, Ricardo Falco, in the rape of an Albanian girl who was celebrating her 23rd birthday in a local acquaintance in Milan.

“This sentence is an example for the protection of women and shows that the system works, when necessary,” said the girl’s lawyer, Jacopo Gnocchi, in statements collected by the Italian media.

The Saints, who had announced in early October the return of the 36-year-old Brazilian forward, shortly afterwards suspended his hiring after pressures arisen for the conviction for sexual violence he received in Italy.

In a statement published by the Saints, it was explained that the operation was suspended so that the player could “concentrate exclusively on his defense in the process that takes place in Italy.”

Robinho denied the allegations in 2014, when the news broke that Italy was investigating him for these events.

In 2009, when he was participating in the English league, it became known that Robinho I was being investigated by the police for an alleged rape in a nightclub in Leeds (center), although after being questioned, he was released on bail.

The soccer player denied those accusations.


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