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Former Real Madrid And Manchester City Star Robinho Facing Nine Years In Prison After Rape Conviction Is Upheld

Josh Lawless

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Former Real Madrid And Manchester City Star Robinho Facing Nine Years In Prison After Rape Conviction Is Upheld

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City star Robinho has had a nine-year prison sentence for a rape charge upheld.

In 2017, the Brazilian was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court for his alleged role in a gang rape on an Albanian woman in January 2013 while he was an AC Milan player.

However without extradition, he did not serve any time and was able to continue his footballing career.

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But in a fresh update today, Adriano Wilkson of UOL is reporting that the conviction was upheld by the Italian Court of Appeal.

The defence had tried to discredit the victim by showing images of her drinking alcohol but the judge dismissed.

Robinho was found guilty of gang rape for a second time along with five other people, including his friend Ricardo Falco. The pair were ordered to pay the woman damages of 60,000 euros.

The 36-year-old has always protested his innocence and is expected to lodge another appeal.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In October, it was confirmed that Robinho had returned to boyhood club Santos for a fourth spell but the contract was terminated less than a week later before he made a single appearance after one of the club's sponsors took a stand against the decision to sign him.

Dentistry firm Orthopride threatened to sever ties with the club 'out of respect to female customers' and the backlash pressured Santos into tearing up the contract.

In response, Robinho took to Instagram and as per trtworld.com, said: "To Santos fans and people who like me, rest assured I am going to prove my innocence to you."

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, AC Milan, Robinho, Brazil, Real Madrid

Josh Lawless
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