Brazilian veteran international attacker Robinho Thursday was sentenced to nine years for the rape of a young woman confirmed by a court in Italy.
The judges of the Court of Appeal in Milan upheld the conviction of Robinho and a friend for group sexual violence dating back to January 2013.
Robinho was playing for AC Milan at the time of the attack and was tried in absentia in November 2017.
The two men were part of a group of six men accused of participating in the collective rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman at a night club in Milan.
Both were ordered to jointly pay damages in the amount of €60,000 ($73,000).
The case against the other four defendants has been held in abeyance.
Robinho, 36, who rejected the accusations, is entitled to appeal the sentence again within 90 days.
Robinho was forced to withdraw from a move to his first club Santos in October amid the pressure exerted on the Brazilian club by the sponsors.
The television channel Globo Sports published excerpts from a recording used by Italian prosecutors to get their conviction, in which the player reportedly said: I laugh because I don’t care. The woman was totally intoxicated. She has no idea what happened. ”
Robinho began his career at Santos in 2002 and joined Real Madrid in 2005, then played for Manchester City from 2008-2010, and Milan for four years until 2014.
He has also played in China with Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro in Spain and Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.
He’s got 100 Brazilian caps and 28 goals for his nation.