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Robinho leaves Santos over rape verdict

  • Published at 08:28 pm October 17th, 2020
Robinho
Robinho

Robinho has appealed and the rape case is still open but with public figures and sponsors increasingly vocal about his return, his position became untenable

Santos and Robinho decided Friday to suspend the deal that brought the former Real Madrid player back to Brazil after sponsors reportedly threatened to cut contracts with the club for signing a player convicted of rape charges in Italy.

Robinho, 36, began his career at Santos before starring Real, Manchester City and AC Milan, among other clubs.

He signed a short-term deal last week to return to Santos for a fourth spell that would take him through to the end of the Brazilian league season.

However, first fans and then sponsors expressed indignation at the signing because of the Italian court case.

Robinho was found guilty of rape in 2017 and sentenced to nine years in prison.

He has appealed and the case is still open but with public figures and sponsors increasingly vocal about his return, his position became untenable.