Italy issues arrest warrant for former Robinho after rape conviction

After confirming Robinho’s rape conviction, Italy issues an international arrest order for him; the former AC Milan and Manchester City forward now lives in Brazil; the South American country does not extradite its citizens, thus Robinho would only be arrested if he traveled overseas.

After the country’s top court confirmed his rape conviction, Italy’s Justice Ministry issued an international arrest request for former Manchester City and AC Milan forward Robinho.

The ministry has urged Interpol, the international police organization, to carry out the warrant.

Robinho was born in Brazil and goes by the name Robson de Souza. Because the South American country does not extradite its citizens, Robinho would only be arrested if he traveled outside of the country.

Robinho and five other Brazilians were convicted guilty of gang raping a lady after supplying her with drink in a nightclub by a Milan court in 2017.

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

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Robinho, 38, has always denied the charge.

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 £32.5m 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 his hometown club Santos.

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

He spent just one season in China before moving back to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in 2016.

He then had spells at Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Istanbul Basaksehir, but is yet to play since leaving Turkey in 2020.

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