A Brazilian politician has called for Robinho to be jailed ‘immediately’ as the former Manchester City star appeals an ongoing rape charge against him.
The 36-year-old was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court three years ago for his involvement in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman at a Milan nightclub in 2013.
Robinho, who denies the charges, has been suspended by his Brazilian side Santos just a week after signing for them as a result of the ongoing case. The club said it would allow the player to ‘concentrate exclusively on his court defence in Italy’.
Former Manchester City star Robinho should be jailed ‘immediately’ for his involvement in a 2013 gang rape in Italy, according to a Brazilian politician
Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, insists his alleged crime ‘deserves no consideration’ despite appealing the conviction
But Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights in the player’s home country, has claimed he should be in custody while he awaits his appeal over the conviction and pointed to leaked audio that emerged during the case.
Key evidence that was used to convict the Brazilian were intercepted phone calls and messages between the footballer and those allegedly involved in the attack, in which Robinho allegedly said ‘the woman was completely drunk’.
‘Prison immediately, I have no more to say,’ she told the media, as reported by Marca. ‘There is still an appeal, but the leaking of the audios … What more do you want? Prison. No rapist can be applauded.’
The 36-year-old was released by Santos a week after signing to help him to focus on his appeal
Alves said Robinho’s remarks about the woman ’caused me nausea’, and that the player’s alleged crime ‘does not deserve any consideration’.
‘The sensation of that caused me nausea, I wanted to vomit,’ she said. ‘It was fatal to read what I read from a player of his size,’
‘That is a crime that does not deserve any consideration for the abuser, the rapist. We do not have to make concessions with this type of crime. He has to serve the established penalty, or there or here, immediately.’
Former AC Milan star Robinho has insisted that despite making ‘contact’ with his accuser, their interaction at the Sio Cafe was consensual.
Evidence in the case, relating to his time with AC Milan, suggests he said the accuser was ‘completely drunk’ in leaked phone calls
‘A girl approached me, we started to have contact with her consent and mine too… then I went home,’ he told Brazilian outlet UOL.
Robinho said that, after leaving, his friends stayed with the accuser and had consensual sex with her, before insisting that he cannot speak for them.
His lawyers batted away evidence from leaked phone calls that claimed he said the accuser was ‘completely drunk’, saying they ‘have not been correctly translated into the Italian language’ by the justice system.
Robinho has stressed that she was not drunk because she remembered who he was, and said his only regret was cheating on his wife Vivian – who he has been married to since 2009 and has three children with.
Robinho denies the charges and said his only regret was cheating on his wife Vivian (pictured)
‘When she approached me, she wasn’t drunk, because she remembers my name, she remembers who I am. The person who drinks doesn’t remember anything. She remembers.
‘I regret cheating on my wife. This is my regret. Regarding the phrases that came out, out of context and to sell the newspaper and magazine. Obviously I changed a lot over the last seven years, this happened in 2013 and I changed for the better.
‘The question is, what was the mistake I made? What was the crime I did? The mistake was not being faithful to my wife. I didn’t make any mistake of raping someone, of abusing some girl or go out with her without her consent,’ he said.
Former Real Madrid forward Robinho, who played 53 times for Manchester City before joining Milan in 2010, returned to boyhood team Santos this month on a hugely reduced salary of £200 a month after leaving Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir.
His return to Santos caused controversy with shirt sponsor Orthopride ending their deal
But the move caused controversy in Brazil, with the club’s shirt sponsor, orthodontics franchise Orthopride, ending their partnership ‘out of respect for women’.
Chief operating officer Richard Adam told Globo Esporte: ‘We have enormous respect for Santos’ history. But at this point, we have decided to terminate the sponsorship contract.
‘Our audience is mostly female and, out of respect for the women who buy our products, we had to make that decision.
‘We want to make it clear that we were not previously informed about the signing of Robinho, we were taken by surprise by the news over the weekend.’