Robinho’s 9-year rape sentence upheld by Italy’s highest court

Former Brazilian striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday for the rape of a young woman by Italy’s highest court.

Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when convicted in other countries, although Robinho faces arrest if he travels abroad to a country that has an agreement with Italy – nearly of 70 nations, including the United States, Argentina and anywhere in the European Union — and Italy issues an international arrest warrant.

Robinho was sentenced to prison in 2017 for his role in the gang sexual assault that took place four years prior, during his time playing for AC Milan. Another member of the group, Ricardo Falco, was also sentenced to nine years in prison, but the four other men were not found by the Italian police.

Italian media reported that the victim was celebrating his 23rd birthday in Milan overnight.

Robinho denied the charges.

The Court of Cassation ruled his appeal inadmissible on Wednesday.

Robinho, 37, started his career at Santos before playing with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Milan, among other clubs.

He returned for a third stint with Santos in 2020 but the contract was suspended less than a week later after a sponsor severed ties with the club “out of respect for women”.

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