Former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Robinho has been found guilty of sexual assault in a disco in Milan in 2013.
Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009 but was later cleared.
A file image of Robinho during his time at Manchester City
The Brazilian has been found guilty of a 2013 gang-rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a Milan nightclub, according to Sky Italia.
Robinho had denied the charges and will be given the opportunity to dispute the sentence, reports ANSA.
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However, Robinho, who now plays for Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league, has the opportunity to appeal the verdict under Italian law.
But the verdict is still on hold as the Italian justice system allows for several levels of appeal and wont make the sentence effective until after such proceedings - if he is still deemed to be culpable. Robinho joined Atletico Mineiro from Guangzhou Evergrande a year ago.
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The Brazilian is probably best known to fans of the Premier League for his time at Manchester City, making a £32.5 million move from Madrid but failing to capture anything resembling consistent form.
After a brief loan spell back at Santos, he joined AC Milan later in 2010 and won a Scudetto in his first season at the San Siro.
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