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Italy wants former football star, Robinho, extradited — Here is why

Italy is requesting the extradition of former football star Robinho from Brazil.

The ex-AC Milan winger was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy for allegedly raping a woman in a discotheque with five other men in 2013.

Robinho, who won the Copa America in 2007 with Brazil, denies the accusations.

A final appeal by the footballer was rejected in January and on Tuesday; the Milan prosecutor’s office sent an international arrest warrant and extradition request to the Ministry of Justice in Rome.

From there, the documents will be forwarded to Brazil, the ANSA news agency reported.

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However, the 38-year-old will probably not have to serve the sentence in Italy, because Brazil is not allowed to extradite him according to its constitution.

Robinho can only be arrested if he travels abroad and the international arrest warrant would then take effect.

In October 2020, Robinho wanted to make a comeback with his hometown club Santos, but because of pressure from sponsors and fans due to his conviction, the contract was quickly terminated. He then retired.

(dpa/NAN)

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