Santos will demand Robinho’s contract is TERMINATED if former Brazil star fails to successfully appeal against nine-year sentence for gang rape in Italy… but club president will allow him to play on if he is acquitted
- Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a gang rape in 2013
- The ex-Man City star denies the charges and is appealing the 2017 conviction
- The 36-year-old’s Santos contract was suspended as he continues his legal fight
- Santos president Orlando Rollo said he abhors violence against women
- Brazilian club will allow Robinho to defend himself in court before final decision
Robinho’s contract with Santos will be terminated unless his appeal against a nine-year sentence for gang rape in Italy is successful.
The club president Orlando Rollo will permit the 36-year-old former Manchester City striker to play on for the Brazilian side if acquitted.
The club have currently suspended Robinho’s contract while the appeal process is ongoing and he denies the charges. He was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court three years ago for his part in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman at a Milan nightclub in 2013.
Santos president Orlando Rollo said Robinho will be allowed to play for Santos if he is acquitted on appeal of his nine-year sentence in Italy for his involvement in a gang rape
Robinho has denied the charges and says his only regret was being unfaithful to his wife
President Rollo addressed the situation in an interview on Wednesday, saying: ‘We decided on a contract license so that the athlete can defend himself in the process in Italy.
‘I will not go into the merit if you are guilty, innocent. I am nobody to judge you. He has to be tried by the judge in Italy. We have to stone less and have more tolerance. I’ve done a lot, in my career, because I’m a police officer.
‘I abhor the crime of rape. I abhor any type of violence, any type of violence against women.
He added: ‘In my 18 years as a police officer, I have arrested dozens of rapists. I’ve investigated dozens of rapists. I have already sentenced dozens of rapists to conviction.
Rollo (right) has worked in law enforcement but says he is not the one to judge Robinho
‘So, I effectively fight against this crime, including a case that became very well known in Santos, that of Maníaco do Ônibus, who attacked women on buses, I was the one who arrested the guilty party.’
Brazilian orthodontics franchise Orthopride ended their sponsorship ‘out of respect for women’ after the club announced Robinho’s signing.
Santos then took the decision to suspend the contract with the forward until his case was resolved.
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’.
The former City star’s lawyers, however, insist that the phone calls ‘have not been correctly translated into the Italian language’ by the justice system, while Robinho said the accuser was not drunk.
The player, pictured here with his wife of eleven years, Vivian, admits there was sexual contact
The 36-year-old was released by Santos a week after signing to help him to focus on his appeal
In an interview with Brazilian outlet UOL, Robinho has insisted that despite making ‘contact’ with his accuser, their interaction at the Sio Cafe was consensual, and that his only regret was cheating on his wife.
‘A girl approached me, we started to have contact with her consent and mine too… then I went home,’ he said.
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.
‘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.