Brazilian footballer Robinho arrested after rape conviction

Former Manchester City striker taken into custody after court in Brazil ruled he should serve a nine-year sentence for offence committed in Italy

The former Brazil and Manchester City striker Robinho has been arrested by federal police at his home in the city of Santos after a Brazilian court ruled he should serve a nine-year prison sentence for a rape he was convicted of committing in Italy.

The 40-year-old footballer, whose full name is Robson de Souza, was taken into custody on Thursday night after his lawyers failed in their attempt to delay his detention over the 2013 crime, which took place when he was a player for AC Milan.

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