Robinho’s Nine-Year Rape Conviction Upheld In Italian Court

Photo Credit: Gistmattaz

 

Veteran Brazil international striker Robinho on Thursday had a nine-year sentence for the rape of a young woman upheld by a court in Italy.

Judges of the Milan Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence for both Robinho and one of his friends for group sexual violence dating back to January 2013.

Robinho was playing for AC Milan at the time of the attack and was tried in absentia in November 2017.

The pair were among a group of six men accused of taking part in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a Milan nightclub.

They were both ordered to jointly pay the woman damages of 60,000 euros ($73,000).

The case against the four other accused has been suspended.

 

READ ALSO: Pogba Ranked Among Top 10 Error-Prone Players in EPL

 

Robinho, 36, who has denied the charges, has the right to again appeal the sentence within 90 days.

Robinho was forced to pull out of a move back to his first club Santos last October amid pressure brought to bear on the Brazilian club by sponsors.

Television channel Globo Sports released excerpts of a recording Italian prosecutors used to secure their conviction, in which the player purportedly says, “I’m laughing because I don’t care. The woman was completely drunk. She doesn’t even know what happened.”

Robinho started his career at Santos in 2002 and joined Real Madrid in 2005, then going on to play for Manchester City from 2008 to 2010, and Milan for four years until 2014.

He also played in China with Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro in Spain, and the Turkish club İstanbul Basaksehir.

He has 100 Brazil caps and 28 goals for his country.

-AFP

Robinho To Appeal Rape Conviction

Robinho Handed Nine-year Term For Rape
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 28, 2013 shows AC Milan’s Brazilian forward Robinho during the Italian Seria A football match AC Milan vs Sampdoria, on Septembre 28, 2013, in San Siro stadium in Milan.Photo; Olivier MORIN / AFP

Former Real Madrid forward, Robinho has confirmed that he will appeal his rape conviction by an Italian Court.

Robinho and five other Brazilians were sentenced to 9 years in prison for allegedly assaulting an Albanian woman after plying her with alcohol in a nightclub.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A.

But the 33-year-old is maintaining his innocence saying he did not participate in the event and is exploring all legal measures to clear his name.

His sentence will be put on hold until the appeals process is completed.

Robinho Handed Nine-year Term For Rape

Robinho Handed Nine-year Term For Rape
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 28, 2013 shows AC Milan’s Brazilian forward Robinho during the Italian Seria A football match AC Milan vs Sampdoria, on Septembre 28, 2013, in San Siro stadium in Milan. Olivier MORIN / AFP

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.

The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman.

Five other people were also accused of the same crime, but their sentences are not yet known.

According to Milan daily Corriere della Sera, Robinho and five friends made the young woman drink “to the point of making her unconscious and unable to resist”. They were then said to have engaged in “sexual intercourse multiple times in a row” with her.

Robinho has denied the charges and can appeal the decision.

The 33-year-old is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. He has 100 international caps for his country.

AFP

Robinho Pledges Future To Serie A Side; AC Milan

[highlight]Brazil forward Robinho says he will stay with AC Milan next season and would like to complete 10 years at the Serie A club.[/highlight]

Robinho’s contract runs out in 2014 and he appeared to want to leave in January, missing out on a move to Santos only because the Brazilian club reportedly refused to meet Milan’s asking price.

But the 29 year old now says he is happy in Italy.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward has played 21 times in all competitions this season, scoring two goals, and is expected to be involved in Milan’s clash with Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday.