Robinho sentenced to 9 years in prison over sexual assault

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

"I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident".

Brazilian footballer Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

'All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision'.

Robinho, who is now playing for Brazil team Atletico Mineiro, was found guilty of committing the rape with five other people.

The Brazilian, now 33, is currently playing in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro. In line with Italian law, Robinho has the right to various avenues of appeal before the sentence is confirmed.

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Former Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in jail for sexual assault.

If he loses the appeal he would could be extradited to serve prison time in Italy. 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.

Camera IconRobinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City.

He broke the British transfer record in 2008 when Man City lured him from Real Madrid for £32 million (A$40 million).

After a brief loan spell back at Santos, he joined AC Milan later in 2010 and won a Scudetto in his first season at the San Siro. He is now with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January.

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