Manchester City footballer Robinho will not face charges over alleged rape
Published 00:00 07/04/09 By By John Kelly
Brazilian soccer star Robinho will not face charges over an alleged rape.
Police revealed last night the allegation, which came after an incident at a Leeds nightclub, has been dropped against the £160,000-a-week Manchester City player.
Detectives who investigated the allegation sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service which decided no further action should be taken.
Robinho, 25, the UK's most expensive footballer at £32.5 million, had always strenuously denied the allegation.
Last night, West Yorks police said: "After 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 police bail.
"A file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided that no further action should be taken."
Brazilian international Robinho - full name Robson de Souza - joined City from Real Madrid last September.
The star's adviser Chris Nathaniel, of NVA Management, said: "I am pleased to announce 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 charges have been dropped."