Sexual Assault on Albanian Girl, Robinho Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison
Albanian Daily News
Published November 24, 2017
An Italian court sentenced former Brazil and AC Milan forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison on Thursday after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.
A Milan court ruled that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a discotheque. The whereabouts of Robinho's five companions is not known, so their trial has been put on hold.
Robinho, 33, who currently plays with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.
Although the court in Milan has found Robinho guilty, the sentence will not be enforced until the appeal process has been completed.
The player was arrested for the same charges in 2009 while playing for Manchester City but was released on bail before the issue's conclusion.