Robinho protests his innocence amid prison reports

Former Manchester City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

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

ROBINHO has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

The ex-Brazil global, alongside five others, were convicted in Italy this evening for the gang-rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman.

The 33-year old player is currently now playing in his homeland with Atletico Minero.

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Under the Italian law, the forward will not be sent to prison until the appeals process is finalised, which could take years.




A statement posted on his official Instagram account also says: "'We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode", said a statement posted on Robinho's Instagram feed. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

He had formerly played for Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Santos.

Manchester City bought Robinho for £32.5m in 2008.

He then had spells at his first club Santos again, AC Milan, Guangzhou Evergrande before he joined Atletico Mineiro.

The attacker did go on to win the Serie A title with the Italian side, teaming up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano to conquer the division.

He is now back in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro.

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