The Court of Appeal of Milan confirmed this Thursday the sentence to nine years in prison to the Brazilian soccer player Robson de Souza “Robinho” for participating in a gang rape of a young woman at a nightclub in Milan in 2013, Italian media report.
Robinho, former player of Real Madrid or Manchester City, he played for Milan in that season and participated with a friend, Ricardo Falco, in the rape of an Albanian girl who was celebrating her 23rd birthday in a local acquaintance in Milan.
“This sentence is an example for the protection of women and shows that the system works, when necessary,” said the girl’s lawyer, Jacopo Gnocchi, in statements collected by the Italian media.
Santos, who had announced in early October the return of the 36-year-old Brazilian forward, shortly afterwards suspended his hiring after the pressures arising from the conviction for sexual violence he received in Italy.
In a statement published by Santos, it was explained that the operation was suspended so that the player could “concentrate exclusively on his defense in the process that takes place in Italy.”
Robinho dlied to the accusations in 2014, when the news broke that Italy was investigating him for these events.
In 2009, while participating in the English league, it emerged that Robinho was being investigated by the police for an alleged rape at a nightclub in Leeds (center), although, after being questioned, he was released on bail. The soccer player denied those accusations.