Robinho, former Brazil forward, was given a nine-year term for his role in a violent sexual assault in a Milan bar in 2013.
Robinho, who was playing for AC Milan at the time, was a member of a gang who gang-raped a 23-year-old Albanian lady at the Sio Cafe nightclub in 2017. He was jailed in 2017 but lost two appeals.
The ex-footballer no longer has the opportunity to appeal, therefore the Rome court’s latest decision is irrevocable. It is unclear if he will serve his term in a Brazilian or an Italian prison.
Ricardo Falco, a friend of Robinho’s, is in the same boat, while four others fled the country before being charged and convicted.
Robinho, 37, was still playing professional football in 2020, three years after receiving his original sentence and seven years after the crime was committed.
Robinho’s Defense Team Wanted To Disparage The Victim
The former Brazil international stated that their relationship was mutually beneficial, and their defense consisted on disparaging the victim by stating she was a heavy drinker.
The sentence was maintained by the Milan appeals court in 2020 after the initial conviction in 2017, stating that “the victim was humiliated and used by the player and his buddies to satisfy their sexual needs.”
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Now, a judiciary in Rome has affirmed the original conviction, and Robinho will have to pay the victim 60,000 euros in damages, as stipulated in the 2017 ruling.
Robinho is Unlikely To Be Sentenced To Prison In Brazil
Robinho’s lawyers, according to reports in Brazil’s UOL, are not optimistic that he would be permitted to serve his term in a Brazilian prison.
Robinho is now in his home Brazil, and it is unclear whether Italy will seek his extradition. Brazil does not extradite its people, but Italy has the option of transferring the sentence to Brazil and requesting that he complete his sentence there.
Real Madrid, Manchester City, and AC Milan are among the former clubs of the former Brazil international.