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Former Milan and Man City star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison after rape conviction

The 33-year had strenuously denied the charges.

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FORMER AC MILAN and Manchester City forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman in 2013.

According to Italian wire service ANSA, the 33-year-old Brazilian, who currently plays for Atletico Mineiro in his native country, was convicted, along with five others, of gang-raping a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a Milan nightclub in January 2013.

Robinho, who was part of the Milan squad at the time, had strenuously denied the charges.

The complex nature of the Italian judicial system means that there are various appeal processes available to Robinho and his legal team so it may take a while before any sentence is carried through.

Beginning his career at Santos, Robinho joined Real Madrid in 2005, stayed for three years and won two La Liga titles before moving to Manchester City.

Despite impressing in his debut campaign, his second season in the Premier League was curtailed by injury.

During his time there, Robinho was arrested after a girl alleged that she had been raped at a nightclub in Leeds. However, the Brazilian was later cleared of any wrongdoing by police.

After a brief loan spell back at Santos, he joined AC Milan later in 2010 and won a Scudetto in his first season at the San Siro.

In 2015, he headed for China and signed with Guangzhou Evergrande and won the CSL title in his only campaign there.

He’s been with Atletico Mineiro since February of last year.

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