Former Real Madrid and Manchester City star Robinho is now playing in his homeland for Atletico Mineiro.
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A statement on the Brazilian's Instagram feed read: "We would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode".
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He now has the right to appeal, with the sentence not enforced until the completion of this process.
Five other men were also accused of the same crime. "All legal measures are being taken". Even if the former Milan player loses the appeal, he would still have to extradited to serve prison time in Italy.
The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.
Robinho was with Milan for five years from 2010 before joining Santos on loan in his final season.
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Wages look set to play a huge role in the 29-year-old's future given he also wants £290,000-per-week to stay at Arsenal . The move to sign Ozil is being handled by Raul Sanllehi, who has a good relationship with Arsenal .
He first made his name at Brazilian side Santos before moving to Real Madrid in 2005 as a "Galactico".
Robinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City.
He played more than 40 games for Manchester City between 2008 and 2010 after signing from Real Madrid for £32.5m.
Robino played at AC Milan later after 16 months where he won the Serie A title with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano. Robinho joined Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande previous year.
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