Robinho gets 9 yrs for gang rape (4)

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A statement on the Brazilian's Instagram feed read: "We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode".

Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an worldwide player for Brazil, also having become the Premier League's most expensive star when he signed for Man City in 2008 for £32.5m.

Former Manchester City star Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for rape.

The Tribunal in Milan this evening found Robinho and five other men guilty of the gang-rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman.

Robinho's sentence will be put on hold until the appeals process is completed.

He had denied the charges, but was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court.

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Prosecutors had requested jail terms of 10 years, reported the ANSA news agency, and one of Robinho's alleged friends, Ricardo Falco, another Brazilian, was sentenced to nine years.

He has been capped 100 times by Brazil, scoring 28 goals. However, Brazil does not allow for the extradition of its own citizens, meaning he would only risk arrest and deportation if he was stopped in a third country.

"Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling".

The forward sent shockwaves through the world of football when he made a sensational £32.5million deadline day move to Manchester City in September 2008.

He now plies his trade back in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro.

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