Former Brazil player Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault. The incident occurred while he was playing for AC Milan back in 2013 and the sentence is a reminder of the consequences of such actions. While wearing his iconic AC Milan jersey, Robinho had taken part in a group attack on an Albanian woman at a discotheque near Milan’s San Siro stadium. He will now have to serve his prison sentence as justice takes its course.
Former Brazil footballer Robinho, who is considered to be one of the best players in his country’s history, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault. The incident occurred while he was playing for AC Milan back in 2013 and serves as a reminder of the consequences of such actions.
The then-28-year-old had taken part in a group attack on an Albanian woman at a discotheque near Milan’s San Siro stadium while wearing his iconic AC Milan jersey. His conviction marks the end of a five-year long trial after prosecutors pushed for a ten year sentence, which he narrowly avoided due to his age at the time of the incident.
Robinho’s career began with Santos, where he first rose to prominence as one of Brazil’s most promising young talents. After some promising performances at youth tournaments and domestically, he was snapped up by Real Madrid for €24 million and made 115 appearances for Los Merengues over the course of three seasons between 2005 and 2008 before making a move to Milan in 2010.
During his time with Milan, Robinho often divided opinion amongst fans but generally contributed enough goals and assists over 109 appearances across four seasons – including two Coppa Italia titles – to ensure that he was remembered fondly by many supporters. His moment of infamy however came off the pitch when news broke out about the grim details surrounding his 2013 conviction, which saw him become yet another high profile figure embroiled in controversy.
While there is no denying the gravity of Robinho’s crime and its serious implications, it can also be said that justice – although severely delayed – appears finally to have been served here. He now has to serve his prison sentence as per Italian law and this will undoubtedly serve as a cautionary tale for other footballers who could potentially find themselves on similar paths or engage in similar behaviour without thinking through or considering its repercussions both legally and socially.
It is also important to remember that punishments like these should extend beyond just Robinho himself; clubs must take greater responsibility by educating their players about acceptable behaviour off the pitch and properly assessing any risks posed during transfer negotiations so as to avoid any further incidents such as this one from taking place again in the future. This can help ensure that future generations are not only aware of their rights but also know how seriously these issues are taken when it comes down to legal proceedings – regardless if you’re wearing an AC Milan jersey or not.