Italian court: Former Brazil and Manchester City star, Robinho Loses Appeal against Nine-year Rape Conviction

A court in Milan will hear the appeal by Robinho against his gang rape conviction following gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a nightclub back in 2013. 

Robinho was sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in 2017, but has protested his innocence ever since, and his sentence is currently suspended on account of his appeal.

The 36-year-old has had his contract with Santos suspended in the build up to the hearing, after their sponsor Orthopride ended their relationship with the club over his new deal. 

And club president Orlando Rollo has confirmed the player will be sacked if the decision is upheld – though he will be allowed to continue playing if acquitted. 

In Italy, no prison sentence is enforced until all avenues of appeal have been exhausted. 

However, even if he is found guilty, it appears highly unlikely that he will ever be incarcerated given the Brazilian constitution. It states that no natural born citizen may be extradited. However Brazilian law states that he may still face punishment in his home country if the crime committed in Italy is also considered a crime there, which in this case it is.  

Robinho has maintained his innocence and recently gave an interview on the subject. 

In a recent sit down with Brazil outlet UOL, he admitted he had come into contact with the victim, but insisted the situation was consensual.

‘A girl approached me, we started to have contact with her consent and mine too… then I went home,’ he said.

Robinho said, “after leaving, his friends stayed with the accuser and had consensual sex with her, before insisting that he cannot speak for them.”

He maintained his only regret was cheating on his wife, Vivian. 

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