Santos and Robinho Announce Suspension of Player’s Contract after Rape Conviction in Italy

According to the judge, the attacker had an "utter disregard for the condition of the victim". While players and managers defended signing, sponsors threatened to break with the club.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After being the most commented topic of the day on social media, Robinho used Instagram's stories to announce the suspension of his contract with Santos, the club that revealed him and was willing to repatriate him despite having been convicted in an Italian court for rape. "With great sadness in my heart, I come to tell you that I made the decision, together with [Santos's] president, to have my contract suspended, in this troubled moment of my life."

A few minutes later, the club's Twitter profile published a note stating that Santos and . . .

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