Robinho Arrested in Brazil to Serve Rape Sentence

Robinho Arrested in Brazil to Serve Rape Sentence

Former Manchester City and Real Madrid star Robinho has been arrested in Brazil to serve a nine-year sentence for raping a woman in 2013. The arrest comes after the Supreme Court rejected his request to delay the sentence.

Robinho was found guilty by an Italian court in 2017 of participating in the gang rape of an Albanian woman in Milan. He lost an appeal in 2020 and had his sentence upheld by Italy’s highest court in 2022.

As Brazil does not extradite its nationals, Italy requested that Robinho serve his sentence in his home country. A court in Brasilia agreed, and on Thursday, court president Maria Thereza de Assis Moura signed a document paving the way for an arrest warrant.

Robinho’s lawyers had filed a request to the Supreme Court to allow him to remain free while challenging the latest court decision, but it was rejected. He was arrested at his luxury condominium in Guaruja, near Santos, and will be taken to a prison in Tremembe.

Robinho has denied the charges and claimed the sex was consensual. However, the complaint alleges that he and his co-accused made the victim drink to the point of unconsciousness and then had sexual relations with her multiple times.

The case has sparked criticism over the failure of football authorities in Brazil to condemn violence against women. Palmeiras president Leila Pereira has lashed out at the football world for its silence on the twin rape convictions of Robinho and former Barcelona defender Dani Alves.

Robinho’s arrest marks a dramatic fall from grace for the former star, who was once touted as the successor to the golden generation of Brazilian players. He has 100 Brazil caps and 28 goals for his country.

Italy's Lynagh Debut Boosts Six Nations Hopes

Italy’s Lynagh Debut Boosts Six Nations Hopes

Italy’s Six Nations hopes have received a boost with the debut of Louis Lynagh, son of Australian legend Michael Lynagh. The 23-year-old winger, who plays for English club Harlequins, has been called up to face title-chasing Scotland on Saturday.

Lynagh’s inclusion is a testament to the Italian federation’s efforts to attract players with Italian heritage. Born in Treviso, where his father played in the early 1990s, Lynagh has been overlooked by England and has now pledged his allegiance to Italy.

Italy coach Gonzalo Quesada believes Lynagh has the potential to make a significant impact. “We saw some very interesting things in him,” Quesada said. “He’s here because of the great work done by the Italian federation.”

Lynagh will have a tough task marking Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe, who scored a hat-trick against England two weeks ago. However, Quesada is confident that Italy can put pressure on Scotland and limit their options.

“Our aim will be to put on them the most pressure possible to limit the time they have to choose and their options,” Quesada said. “That’s the only way to stop them from turning on the motor and accelerating.”

Italy is winless in the Six Nations but drew against France in their last outing. They will be hoping to build on that performance and secure a historic victory over Scotland, a team they have beaten more than any other in the tournament.

Scotland, meanwhile, is unbeaten and is Ireland’s closest title rival. They will be looking to secure a bonus point in Rome to boost their chances of winning the championship.

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