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Robinho given prison sentence in Italy for 2013 sexual assault
24 November 2017, 01:22 | Gordon Grant
PAULO WHITAKER REUTERS
Former Brazil striker Robinho is facing nine years in jail for an assault he denies
A statement posted on his official Instagram account also says: "'We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode", said a statement posted on Robinho's Instagram feed.
The Brazilian, 33, who is now playing in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro, has vowed to challenge the ruling.
An Italian court has sentenced the former Manchester City and Brazil forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.
Five other men were also found guilty along with the player, who now represents Atlético Mineiro.
The ex-Brazil global, alongside five others, were convicted in Italy this evening for the gang-rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman.
The court also sentenced one of Roubinho's friends, Ricardo Falco, another Brazilian, to nine years.
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Under Italian law he won't be sentenced until the appeals process has been finalised - which could take years.
Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, is now in Brazil, where he plays for Atletico Mineiro.
It added: "All legal steps are now being taken with regards to this decision by a court of first instance".
He has been capped 100 times by Brazil, scoring 28 goals.
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.
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