Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 18:06 pm (KSA) 15:06 pm (GMT)

Man City's Robinho denies sexual assault claims

Robinho became Britain's most expensive player when he joined Man City from Real Madrid
Robinho became Britain's most expensive player when he joined Man City from Real Madrid

Brazil and Manchester City striker Robinho has denied any wrongdoing or criminality after his arrest over allegations of serious sexual assault.

A statement issued on the 25-year-old player's website on Wednesday said Robinho denied the accusations and was happy to cooperate with police.

Robinho, who is British soccer's most expensive signing, had been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on an 18-year-old woman in a nightclub in the northern English city of Leeds two weeks ago.

"We can confirm that Robinho met the police today, as pre-arranged and as part of a criminal investigation," the player's spokesman Chris Nathaniel said in the statement.

"He strenuously denies any allegation of wrongdoing or criminality and is happy to cooperate with the police if required further."

 We can confirm that Robinho met the police today, as pre-arranged and as part of a criminal investigation, 
Robinho spokesman Chris Nathaniel

West Yorkshire police confirmed the arrest but in line with British policing policy did not name Robinho.

"A man was arrested in connection with an alleged serious sex assault at a nightclub in Leeds on Jan. 14. He was questioned and bailed pending further inquiries," a police spokeswoman said.

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, became Britain's most expensive player when he joined Manchester City from Real Madrid in September for 32 million pounds ($45.15 million). He arrived at the club following its takeover by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

Last week, the striker left City's training camp in Tenerife without permission and returned home to Brazil. On his return, his manager Mark Hughes said the player would face club disciplinary action for his unauthorized absence.

"The disciplinary procedure has to be gone through and once that's run its course then Robbie will have to face some disciplinary measures," Hughes said on Tuesday.

"I've touched on what I expect to happen and it really is at the point where we've moved on and drawn the line under it."

Manchester City face Newcastle United in a Premier League fixture on Wednesday but it was not clear if Robinho, who has scored 12 goals this season, will be playing.

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