Robinho to serve 9 years in prison

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Former Real Madrid forward Robinho is set to go to jail after his nine-year prison sentence was upheld by a Roman court.

According to Marca, the Brazilian, who also represented the likes of AC Milan and Manchester City during his career, has lost his final appeal against a conviction for allegedly taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013.

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In 2017, the 37-year-old was found guilty of sexually assaulting the Albanian female in a nightclub and sentenced to nine years in jail, but he has been appealing the initial verdict over the five years since.

However, on Wednesday, the Court of Cassation in Rome upheld its previous ruling, per the BBC, and the latest judgement leaves no room for further appeals, with the sentence to begin immediately.

However, Robinho will not serve his sentence in Italy as he is in Brazil and the South American constitution bans the extradition of its citizens, but is understood that the Italian government will request that he serves his sentence in his native country.

In order for the veteran footballer to go to prison, Italy must request a transfer of execution of the sentence to the Brazilian justice system and wait for the Superior Court of Justice to ratify the sentence.

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Despite the case hanging over his head over the past few years, the forward managed to earn himself a move to his boyhood club Santos in October 2020 on a five-month contract.

However, that signing was hit with a serious backlash, which led to the Brazilian giants terminating his deal less than a week later "in order for the player to concentrate exclusively on his defence in the ongoing case in Italy".

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