Former Real Madrid and AC Milan forward Robinho has had his nine-year prison sentence confirmed by the Milan Court of Appeal.
Robinho and his friend, Ricardo Falco were handed the sentence in December for their involvement in a gang rape that took place in Italy in 2013, for which he was initially found guilty in 2017.
The court determined that Robinho had “belittled” and “brutally humiliated” the victim, who was celebrating her 23rd birthday on the night of the incident at a well-known Milan venue.
Now, Robinho has 45 days to appeal to the Supreme Court of Cassation, the highest court of appeal, or the court of last resort in Italy.
“This sentence is an example for the protection of women and shows that the system works, when necessary,” the girl’s lawyer, Jacopo Gnocchi had told Italian media.
Santos, who had announced the return of the 36-year-old Brazilian striker in early October, terminated his contract shortly thereafter following pressure arising from the sexual violence conviction he received in Italy.
In their statement, the Brazilian club explained that they did so to let Robinho “concentrate exclusively on his defence in the process that takes place in Italy.”
Robinho denied the accusations in 2014, when the news broke that he was being investigated for rape.
In 2009, while playing for Manchester City, Robinho was investigated by the police for an alleged rape at a nightclub in Leeds. After being questioned, he was released on bail and denied those accusations too.