Ahen the world of football collapsed around him, Robinho went on the attack – and got popped. “Unfortunately there are these feminist movements out there. Many of them are, to put it in good Portuguese, not even women, ”the 36-year-old attacked his critics in an exclusive interview with the Internet portal UOL Esporte. Before he was surrounded by lawyers on the defensive.
Robson de Souza, married, three children: he has been doing magic on the lawn for 18 years and immortalized himself with 100 missions in the Selecao. But in 2013 the striker with the rascal smile was accused of gang rape of a young Albanian woman in a back room of the Sio Cafe disco in Milan during his time at AC Milan, and in 2017 he was sentenced to nine years in prison in the first instance. New details from WhatsApp messages and telephone recordings of those involved are now an additional burden on Robinho before the upcoming appointment process.
Late on Friday evening, the idol of FC Santos, who escaped a charge of sexual harassment with only one payment at Manchester City in 2009, wanted to justify itself against the alleged dirt campaign. But Robinho avoided all uncomfortable questions in a narrow office, flanked by three legal advisors and two high-ranking Santos officials.
“I know what I did with your approval,” he justified himself in a black outfit, his crew always in view. And his lawyer Marisa Alija Ramos promised that there would be new evidence of his innocence and complained that the recordings had not been correctly translated.
Santos only opened the door to the “prodigal son” on October 10, and his contract with the Turkish champions Basaksehir FK from Istanbul had not been extended. A controversial decision – even before the new details were published. And Santos had to row back on Friday under pressure from sponsors. “If I’m a burden, I go better,” said Robinho, the club announced a temporary suspension of the contract “by mutual agreement”.
The disaster was foreseeable right from the start: But when the wave of outrage built up in the social networks, Santos reacted wait and see on Wednesday: “Unfortunately we live in a time (…) of Internet courts of justice, of hasty but also final judgments “, It said in a statement. A few hours later, the first sponsor jumped out.
On Friday, the sports portal GE, which belongs to the Globo Group, then published the telephone recordings of those involved. In the accessible court transcripts it reads as if Robinho saw no rape in oral sex with a falling drunk, as if merely watching friends have group sex with a single woman would not be complicity.
“I’m shocked. These are things that nobody knew before, ”said Ze Roberto when the former Leverkusen and Munich resident got wind of the WhatsApp messages in which Robinho and his friends glorify their manhood and make fun of their“ jokes ”.
Sponsors plus suppliers therefore threatened to jump in unison. A sixth of the budget was at stake, especially since there were also slumps in fan membership. Robinho with the symbolic monthly salary of 1500 real (about 230 euros), but bonus payments of 300,000 real (about 45,000 euros) after ten and again 25 missions within five months was no longer acceptable.
“I regret having cheated on my wife”, he only regretted during the “interrogation”. Not more. For now. Because from December 10th, the Court of Appeal in Milan will start its work. And Santos can now devote himself to his true idol Pele and his 80th birthday on Friday.