posted on 10/17/2020 15:48 / updated on 10/17/2020 15:48
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The case involving the player Robinho has taken over the Brazilian sports spotlight in recent days. Hired by Santos, the 36-year-old striker was strongly challenged by the alleged rape case that occurred in Italy in 2013. Such a negative impact – both with fans and sponsors – made the Vila Belmiro team suspend the contract with the player on Friday -market.
After the release of transcripts of telephone interceptions, made with the authorization of the Italian Justice, Robinho finally broke the silence. To Twitter, the player said on Saturday that his only regret was having been unfaithful to his wife. The attacker defended himself against the accusations he has suffered and also affirmed that every relationship he had with the woman who denounced him was consensual.
“Look, I regret cheating on my wife. This is my regret,” said the player, who at no time denied that he had intimate contact with the girl. According to Robinho, everything that happened between the two was by mutual agreement and that he would have left before his friends had had greater physical contact with the woman.
“I didn’t have sex with her, no,” said the striker. “We had a relationship between a man and a woman, she touched me and I touched her, because she wanted to and I wanted to, but I never got to have sex with her,” he explained. “No penetration or anything.”
According to the investigation, Robinho and five other friends, including Ricardo Falco, who was also convicted, took a young woman of Albanian origin to the dressing room of a nightclub called Sio Café in Milan, and sexually abused her there. The case happened on January 22, 2013, when the athlete defended Milan. The other suspects left Italy in the course of the investigation, so their participation in the act is the subject of another lawsuit.
“I left. I went home before. They told me after they did: ‘With the girl’s consent, we did this and this’. That really they told me later,” explained Robinho. When asked if he was present at the act, the player denied it.
“When I left, the boys stayed there with her consent. I’m defending myself. The boys, if they did anything to her, I can’t speak for them. I know what I did to her and with her consent . That’s what happened.”
The attacker tried to explain himself when asked about some phrases that, according to himself, could have been taken out of context or mistakenly translated into Italian. “They translated a lot of things out of context. In fact, that was a long time ago. And in WhatsApp conversation we talk, but never with a lack of respect, never for disrespecting women. They said that men talk to each other, you know. sexual relationship with the woman, with her consent, because she wanted to and that’s exactly it. “