Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in jail on charges of violent sexual assault over an incident in Milan in 2013.
An court in Italy ruled that the Brazilian and five other assaulted an Albanian woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol.
Robinho, who is now back in his native Brazil playing for Atletico Mineiro, denied the accusations in a social media post, saying he had: “already defended himself against the accusations, affirming that he did not participate in the episode”.
His lawyer said in a statement that the 33-year-old denied the charges and would appeal.
Another member of the group was also sentenced to nine years while the police were still looking for the four other men allegedly involved.
Brazil does not extradite citizens to serve sentences in other countries.
Robinho began his career at Santos, and then joined Madrid where he won two La Liga titles, before joining City for a then British record fee of £32.5m in 2008.
He lasted just 18 months in England before further spells with Milan, Santos, Guangzhou Evergrande and now Atletico Mineiro.