"Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling".
Brazilian footballer Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.
The Tribunal in Milan this evening found Robinho and five other men guilty of the gang-rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman.
Under the Italian law, the forward will not be sent to prison until the appeals process is finalised, which could take years.
According to a report by Sky Sports, the 33-year-old star is now in Brazil, playing for Atletico Mineiro.
Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009 but was later cleared.
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In 2014, Robinho issued a statement through lawyers denying the allegations.
According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere.
Robinho began his career with Santos before leaving Brazil in 2005 for a three-year spell with Madrid.
Robinho became the most expensive player in British football when he joined Manchester City from Real Madrid for £32.5m in 2008.
The attacker did go on to win the Serie A title with the Italian side, teaming up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano to conquer the division.
He spent just one season in China before moving back to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in 2016.