Robinho Cleared Of Rape Charges

Manchester City footballer Robinho will not face any charges after serious sexual assault claims, police have said.

The Brazil international, who had spoken to West Yorkshire Police over an alleged incident at the Space nightclub in Leeds, had strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

A police spokesman said: "Following a report of a serious sexual assault that occurred at a nightclub in Leeds on January 14, 2009, the matter was investigated and the man was arrested and released on plice bail.

"A file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided that no further action should be taken."

The 25-year-old - whose real name in Robson de Souza - transferred from Real Madrid to the Premier League last summer for a British record fee of £32.5 million.

His adviser, Chris Nathaniel, of NVA Management, said: "I am pleased to announce that Robson de Souza (Robinho) has been cleared of all allegations of rape. He has maintained his innocence throughout the police interview process and I am delighted that all the charges have been dropped."

He added: "Robinho is a hard-working family man, who is extremely passionate about football. He now wishes to focus his attention on Manchester City to help create a successful end to the season.

"Robinho will be making an official statement at a later date. In the meantime, he wants to pass on his sincere thanks to all his family, friends, fans and Manchester City colleagues who have supported him through this terrible ordeal."


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