Robinho: Italy issues arrest warrant for former AC Milan and Man City striker after rape conviction | Soccer News


Italy’s Justice Ministry has issued an international arrest warrant for former Man City and AC Milan striker Robinho after the country’s top court upheld his rape conviction.

The ministry asked global police agency Interpol to issue the warrant.

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, lives in Brazil. The South American country does not extradite its nationals, meaning Robinho would only risk arrest if he traveled abroad.

In 2017, a court in Milan found Robinho and five other Brazilians guilty of gang-raping a woman after he doused her with alcohol in a nightclub.

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Robinho became the most expensive player in British football when he joined City from Real for £32.5million in 2008

The conviction was upheld by an appeals court in 2020 and upheld by Italy’s Supreme Court last month.

Robinho, 38, has always denied the accusation.

He was capped 100 times by Brazil and played for top European clubs Real Madrid and Manchester City as well as AC Milan.

Robinho became the most expensive player in British football when he joined City from Real for £32.5million in 2008.

However, he struggled to adapt to the Premier League and was sold to AC Milan for just £15m two years later after a loan spell at hometown club Santos.

Robinho spent four seasons at the San Siro, during which the offense took place, before joining Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015.

He only spent one season in China before returning to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

He then played for Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Istanbul Basaksehir, but has yet to play since leaving Turkey in 2020.




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