Former Brazil football international Robinho faces nine years in prison after being convicted of rape in Italy. The 33-year-old, who currently plays in Brazil, denies the crime and has the right to appeal.
Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after being convicted of gang rape.
He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman. Five others also accused of the same crime, but their sentences are not yet known.
Robinho, who has the right to appeal, pleaded not guilty and has denied the charges against him, which relate to an incident in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan.
According to Milan newspaper 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.
The 33-year-old is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. He has 100 international caps for his country.
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