'All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision'.
Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013.
Robinho now plays for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. In line with Italian law, Robinho has the right to various avenues of appeal before the sentence is confirmed. The other four men had not been found by Italian police, ANSA said.
"With regards to the news involving the forward Robinho, regarding something that happened some years ago, we would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the allegation, affirming that he was not involved in the incident", the statement read.
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.
Camera IconRobinho failed to set the Premier League alight during his time with Manchester City.
He played more than 40 games for Manchester City between 2008 and 2010 after signing from Real Madrid for £32.5m.
He then had spells at his first club Santos again, AC Milan, Guangzhou Evergrande before he joined Atletico Mineiro.
Robino played at AC Milan later after 16 months where he won the Serie A title with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano. After a brief stay at Chinese team, Guangzhou Evergrande, he joined Atletico Mineiro a year ago.
Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault while at City in 2009, but was later cleared.