Robinho speaks out after ex-Man City star 'jailed for sexual assault'

Former Brazil striker Robinho given 9-year term for rape in Italy

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil worldwide Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA.

It added: "All legal steps are now being taken with regards to this decision by a court of first instance".

As media reports suggest, the former Manchester City player who along with a group of five other men have been found guilty of sexually assaulting an Albanian girl in a Milan club in January, 2013.

According to a report by Sky Sports, the 33-year-old star is now in Brazil, playing for Atletico Mineiro.

Because of that, the verdict is effectively put on hold until the appeals process is completed and no sentence will be enforced until then. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.

According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere.

Robinho released a statement on his Instagram page stating that he had "already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode" and that "all legal measures are being taken".

His performances won him a move to Real Madrid in 2005 but he stayed only three years before moving to City in a British-record £32.5m transfer.

Camera IconRobinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City. Robinho joined Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande a year ago.

Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared.

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