Robinho sentenced to 9 years in prison over sexual assault

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In 2014, Robinho issued a statement through lawyers denying the allegations.

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, is now in his native Brazil, where he plays for Atletico Mineiro, which are based in Belo Horizonte.

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Robinho from Real Madrid to Manchester City
Manchester City bought Robinho for £32.5m in 2008. Reuters

A statement on his Instagram page on Thursday night said that he had "already defended himself against the charges, maintaining that he played no part in the incident".

Robinho, who is now playing for Brazil team Atletico Mineiro, was found guilty of committing the rape with five other people.

The Italian court process allows for multiple appeals and it was reported that his sentence will be put on hold until the process has run its course. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

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Robinho has won 100 caps for Brazil, scoring 28 goals. He is now with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January.

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

Robinho moved to Europe amid much hype in 2005 when he joined Real Madrid from Santos.

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He played more than 40 games for Manchester City between 2008 and 2010 after signing from Real Madrid for £32.5m - at the time making him the most expensive player in British football.

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