Robinho claims innocence after court ruled a 9-year jail term against him for rape

Robinho, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker who also appeared at the World Cup tournaments for Brazil, was sentenced to 9 years in jail by a court in Milan, Italy, for his alleged involvement in a 2013 sexual assault case.

According to a report from an Italian news agency ANSA, the Brazilian international footballer who currently plays for Atletico Mineiro was among a group of five men who assaulted an Albanian woman.


Image: Robinho de Souza

Robinho’s lawyer defended his client’s innocence saying the 33-year-old has denied the allegations and would appeal the judgement.

According to The Associated Press, Brazil does not extradite its citizens who are indicted on sentenced abroad.

Robinho’s lawyer Marisa Alija said in an official statement, ‘We hereby make it clear that the accused person has already appeared before a court and duly defended himself from these allegations. He did not take part in any rape incident. All legal provisions have been exploited on this first decision.’

The 33-year-old was found guilty of gang-raping a 22-year-old Albanian woman while he was playing for AC Milan.

Ricardo Falco, one of the five suspects named in the Milanese disco incident, was also sentenced to nine years in jail.

The other four rapists are yet to be arrested by Italian police, ANSA said.

Robinho represented Brazil at two FIFA World Cups. In 1999, Pele of Brazil selected him at the age of 15 as his next heir apparent, having played for Santos FC and won their first Campeonato Brasileiro title with the club.

The former Manchester City player signed a two-year contract with Atletico Mineiro on 11 February 2016.