Brazilian striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.
The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman.
Aside the conviction of the former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker, five other people were also accused of the same crime, but their sentences are not yet known.
According to Milan daily Corriere della Sera, Robinho and five friends made the young woman drink “to the point of making her unconscious and unable to resist”. They were then said to have engaged in “sexual intercourse multiple times in a row” with her.
Robinho who has denied the charges also has a right to appeal the decision.
Scroll.in reported that after hearing the news, he posted brief messages on his official Instagram and Facebook profiles protesting his innocence.
This is not the first time Robinho has faced allegations of sexual misconduct. He was briefly detained in 2009 after a young woman accused him of assault at a nightclub in Leeds, northern England.
He was eventually let go without charge.
The 33-year-old is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. He has 100 international caps for his country.